The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:00 am

Absentee ballot error prompts county action

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Allen County voters who received an incorrect absentee ballot from the Election Board will soon receive a letter detailing what to do to ensure their vote is counted next month.

The Election Board mistakenly sent out absentee ballots to 180 voters that omitted a crucial information sheet that informed absentee voters how to vote for their preferred candidates. The result was that some may have inadvertently used a form meant only for military and overseas voters, said Beth Dlug, director of elections.

In a unanimous vote Monday, the Election Board acknowledged the mistake and authorized the mailing of a form that allows voters to request a new ballot. Affected voters should receive that form in the mail by Wednesday, Dlug said. She urged anyone who thinks they may have incorrectly voted to request a new ballot by returning the form.

“We're very, very sorry for the mistake. We take it very seriously, and we're doing the best that we can to make it right for these voters,” Dlug said, noting that she hopes the ballot requests come back by Friday so the Election Board can get absentee ballots back before Election Day, Nov. 6.

One hundred of the 180 erroneous ballots have been submitted to the Election Board, Dlug said. The remaining 80 voters have been notified via email, regular mail and by phone and have been sent the correct information, she added.

Anyone with questions can call the Election Board at 260-449-7329.

In other business, the Election Board gave Eric Tippmann, a candidate for Perry Township trustee, one week to respond to a complaint filed by his opponent, Democrat Melissa Rinehart. She alleges that Tippmann has moved out of Perry Township and is no longer eligible to run for office.

Tippmann, who is also an Allen County councilman, has until Monday to respond to the complaint, Dlug said.

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