9K local voters didn’t get requested ballots, changes called for in November

Nearly 9,000 voters who requested absentee ballots to vote in last week’s primary election in six local counties didn’t get a ballot because their request was either mailed too late or improperly filled out, a Dayton Daily News analysis found.

This illustrates obstacles for state and local elections officials gearing up for a much-larger presidential election in November where an unprecedented number of people may opt for mail-in voting because of coronavirus concerns. Absentee ballot request forms mailed before the election continued pouring in to local elections boards for days after the primary election day of April 28, officials said. Interviews with Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren county elections officials estimate the number of requests received after the deadline at more than 4,000 in those counties two days after the election, with more still coming in.

“There are a ton of them,” said Montgomery County Board of Elections Deputy Director Steve Harsman, estimating between 1,500 and 2,000 requests came to his office late. “I’d have liked to have had them on Friday, (April 24), when we could have had them processed. It’s too many.”


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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

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Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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