Well, this is certain to make Arizona voters feel like their midterm voting is, as the establishment media outlets like to say, safe and secure.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, currently locked in a tight race — if you believe the polls, anyway — with former news anchor Kari Lake for the governor’s office, said Tuesday that a “voter registration error” may have caused up to 6,000 of the state’s voters to receive mail-in ballots that didn’t have her current contest on it.
Nor did it have any of the other local or statewide candidate’s names on it — only federal races.
According to The Associated Press, the error occurred when 6,000 voters in a registration database were flagged as lacking sufficient proof of U.S. citizenship. When that database looked to a driver’s license database for that proof, it erroneously failed to find it, forcing officials to review the list of potentially affected voters.
The AP later updated its story to say that, of the 6,000 voters who were potentially affected by the error, only 1,000 of them had actually received a ballot. The question remains as to how many of those 1,000 should have received a ballot that included the state races.
The 5,000 unaffected had not requested a mail-in ballot in the first place.
So, that’s reassuring. I guess.
Voters in Arizona who do not have their proof of citizenship on file with the state’s Motor Vehicle Division are not permitted to vote in state contests and receive a “federal only” ballot.
State Elections Director Kori Lorick told the AP that officials would contact anyone who received the wrong ballot and provide voters with a correct ballot. Any incorrectly submitted federal only ballots will not be counted, she said, and voters submitting them would get an opportunity to correct them.
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“Only one ballot per voter will ever be counted,” Lorick told the AP, apparently reading the minds of many skeptical Arizona voters.