Name of dead Fruitport Township candidate will remain on ballot

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –- The name of a woman who passed away this week will remain on the ballot for Fruitport Township trustee.

Former Fruitport Township Clerk Sherry Yonkers died Tuesday at the age of 69. Yonkers finished second among the August primary candidates and is one of six people running for four seats on the Fruitport Township board.

Township Clerk Carol Hulka told 24 Hour News 8 she contacted election officials in Lansing to see what could be done to inform voters about Yonkers’ death.

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It is too late to remove Yonkers’ name from the ballot, as the window for ballot revisions has closed. Election workers are also not allowed to answer questions about the candidates, so they will have to tell voters to contact the clerk, who will tell them that Yonkers has passed away.

Hulka said she’s been told that votes for Yonkers will not count, so if she is elected to one of the seats, the candidate with the next highest vote total would be elected to the township board.

Those interested in a Fruitport Township trustee seat can file as a write-in candidate at the township clerk’s office. The deadline for write-in candidates is Oct. 28.