PowerTalk 1210 has confirmed that some 16,000 Pima County voters will be getting a second, shorter ballot, because the first one contains an error in one race. Some feel the decision to send a replacement ballot has the potential to adversely effect every county-wide race on the ballot.
Here’s what happened. In addition to all the other county-wide and state-wide races before them, voters in the Continental School District in the Sahuarita area also are making choices in a school board race. Three names are on the ballot, along with the instruction, “VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN THREE.” The instruction should have said to vote for no more than two.
Recently election officials became aware of the problem. The office of the Pima County Schools Superintendent accepted responsibility for it. In consultation with the Secretary of State's office and the Pima Elections Office, the decision was made to send out a second ballot—a short one, containing only the affected school board race.
Here’s the problem with that. In the “before” picture, only one race was affected. In the “after” picture, all county-wide races are potentially affected. To fully participate in the elections, some 16,000 voters within the Continental School District must now fill out and return two ballots. Those going to the polls in person also will get two ballots. If any voter gets confused and sends in just one ballot or no ballot at all, then the race or races on the disregarded ballot get deprived of that voter’s selections.
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