Inaccurate spelling of information on ballots could cost voters their vote

Absentee ballots must be post-marked by the day before the election

Voters cast their ballots in the South Carolina Democratic primary at a polling place at Sanders Middle School in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Voters cast their ballots in the South Carolina Democratic primary at a polling place at Sanders Middle School in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The 2016 election will be the first presidential election, where the state is enforcing a law, requiring voters to accurately fill out their personal information on their ballot or it won’t be counted.

Included in every absentee ballot is an ID envelope where voters must fill out personal information like their address and birthday. If you transpose any numbers, the Board of Election won’t count the ballot. Instead, they will send you a form asking you to correct the information in order for your vote to count.

52,000 absentee ballots have been sent out in Montgomery County. So far, ballots from at least 300 voters won’t be counted unless their information is corrected by election day.

Board of Election’s Director Jan Kelly says her office is now in contact with those 300 voters. “We’ve sent them letters. Usually we get them back and sometimes we have to send a second letter to remind them. And then when we get those letters back we attach it to their file and count their vote.”

Absentee ballots must be post-marked by the day before the election.

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