Residents registered as Democrats received Republican specimen ballots in the mail.
Frederick, Md (KM) There was a problem with some specimen ballots sent out to Frederick County voters as the Maryland Primary Election got underway. “where Democratic voters got a Republican sample by mistake,” says Country Election Director Starr Harvey. “The printer, as they putting the specimen ballots in there, simply set the wrong ballot style in the machine.”
There were about 2800 affected voters who cast their ballots at Valley Elementary School, Braddock Heights Elementary School, the Braddock Heights Community Center and the Church of the Transfiguration.
Harvey says the printer realize the mistake, and printed up the correct sample ballots, which were sent out on Thursday, June 14th. He says many voters received the correct ballots by Saturday. . “If the voter does not get the correct specimen ballot, and they take advantage of early voting, they should know that their correct specimen ballot is at their early voting location. Or if they don’t receive in the mail before Election Day, the correct specimen ballot will be at their polling place on Election Day,” says Harvey.
The polling places for early voting are the Frederick Senior Center at 1440 Taney Avenue in Frederick, the Thurmont Regional Library at 70 East Moser Road in Thurmont, and the Urbana Regional Library at 9020 Amelung Street in Frederick. Early voting will take place from Tuesday, June 19th through Thursday, June 21st. The hours will be from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
Harvey says this mistake does not affect a voter’s party affiliation. “It does not impact the voter registration file. They are absolutely correct in the voter registration file,” he says.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 26th. The hours at the polls are from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
By Kevin McManus