Same Address, Different Ballot
(Bartlett) – They have the same address but they didn’t get the same ballot at the polls.
“I went in got my card, cast my ballot, and everything was painless,” Bartlett resident, Kent Meyers, said.
That was on Saturday at the Bethel Church polling location on Stage Road in Bartlett, but Tuesday voting wasn’t as easy for Meyers’ wife, Diane.
“I got to the last page reviewed it and I noticed the two questions were not on there,” Diane Meyers said. Her ballot was missing two important measures; the school and sales tax referendums.
”I double checked to make sure I hadn’t skipped anything and asked the poll worker aren’t those questions supposed to be on there?” she said.
The poll worker told her that she had the right ballot so she cast her vote. Meyers then called her husband who told her his ballot had the two measures on it when he voted on Saturday.
“I went back in and and asked them about it and told them there was a problem,” she said.
The poll workers admitted they made a mistake.
“They figured out what had happened was that the card had been burned wrong so it didn’t have everything on there that i was supposed to vote for,” she said.
That same thing happened last week to Lloyd Cormesser. The Elections Commission told us when that happened that they replaced the poll worker who made the mistake and retrained the entire stage at that polling location.
Chairman Robert Meyers says he was ‘shocked’ to hear there was another problem this week and say they will do more training at the location.
“We are going to have to emphasize that voters are correct until we can prove they are not,” Robert Meyers said.
Diane Meyers says she was able to go back and fill out a provisional ballot. However, the Election Commission says she shouldn’t have been given a provisional ballot because those are to be used as only a safety measure for people who are registered to vote, but for some reason are not showing up in the system. They say that most likely her vote will not be counted.