New ballots for Dem. primary to be given out
Even those who have already voted must send in a new ballot
LEWISTOWN — A clerical error in the Mifflin County Elections Department has necessitated that new ballots be printed and distributed to Democratic Mail-in voters in Mifflin County.
According to a press release from Mifflin County Commissioner Kevin Kodish, John E. Knepp II cross-filed on both the Republican and Democratic tickets for a seat on the Mifflin County School Board. The first set of Democratic ballots printed failed to include Knepp on the ballots.
“It is an extremely unfortunate error by our office, and the only way to fix it is to reprint all the Democratic ballots and distribute them immediately to all those mail-in voters who received the incorrect versions,” said James Conway, Mifflin County Elections Director.
In-person voters will also have the corrected Democratic ballots for casting their votes on Election Day.
Because the election is less than a week away, the new ballots will be postmarked and hand-delivered by county personnel to the mailboxes at the addresses of the voters affected.
“All Democratic mail-in voters will need to vote using the new ballots,”Conway said. “The earlier ballots have been voided, so if a voter already sent in a ballot they will need to vote again.”
The county is in the process of petitioning the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas to permit use of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Guidelines for accepting all mail-in ballots. If the Court grants the petition, mail-in ballots will have to be postmarked by Election Day, May 18, but may be received by the voting office up until 5 p.m. on the Tuesday following the election, similar to the counting process for military personnel and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.
Additionally, mail-in ballots can be hand-delivered to the drop box inside the Mifflin County Courthouse until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
“This is obviously not a good situation, but given the timing and the circumstances this is the only viable solution,” Conway said. “I would like to apologize on behalf of the Elections Office for this mistake, and I hope the voters are able to complete their ballots in a timely fashion.”