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Michigan's election has more than 77,000 spoiled ballots. Here's what that means.

The Michigan Secretary of State's Office says there were 77,483 spoiled ballots associated with the presidential election in Michigan as of Tuesday morning.

But the number, which drew attention when it was reported by CNN, requires some context, said Tracy Wimmer, a spokesperson for the agency. It includes ballots spoiled because of printing errors and ones voters intentionally spoiled so they could fill out their absentee ballots again, she said.

"We do not have a breakdown on spoiled reasons, but the biggest thing to focus on is that spoiled does not mean rejected," Wimmer said. "In no instance with a spoiled ballot does that mean someone did not vote, unless they actively chose not to."

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