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Daviess Election Board Invalidates Ballots After Confusion

In Daviess County, a glitch in the early voting process forced the election board to make a tough decision -- that choice -- to allow or throw out ballots that had been dropped in the box before being scanned.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 5:32 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 12:16 PM

"I don’t know what would persuade someone to throw away their ballot,” said Leslie McCarty, Daviess County Clerk.

But this is what three Daviess County voters did at the Old Burkes Outlet at the Town Square Mall.

"A voter had their real ballot. And didn't know where the scanners were and went back to the front of the store and said to the poll worker, 'Where do I put this?’” McCarty said. “This person thought that the voter had a sample ballot and said 'Oh, you can just put it here and pointed to the trash can."

The Election Board decided to invalidate these three ballots at their Tuesday, Oct. 27th meeting, along with another three dropped off at the mail-in-ballot box at the mall that were supposed to be scanned.

That box has now been removed, which McCarty said was important to stop any further voter confusion.

"There's so much misinformation out there,” McCarty said. “And people already don’t trust the system. So, we want to make everything as transparent as possible and as easy as possible.”

While early voters feel for those whose ballots aren’t able to be counted.

"I hate it for them because I know sometimes it can be confusing,” said early voter Eric Conder. “But for me, the easiest thing to do was to come down here in person and vote."

For anyone still wanting to drop off their mail-in ballots, there are six boxes left, including one at the courthouse.

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