Unrequested Absentee Ballot Applications Create Voter Confusion

Warrick County Clerk office phones are ringing off the hook, with voters uncertain about mailings being sent to them.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 9:11 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2020 2:34 PM

Both sides of the political aisle are doing something out of the ordinary: personally sending request forms to your front door.

With the two major parties stressing the importance of this November's outcome, they're turning their attention to the record number of absentee ballots expected to be cast in the general election.

But it's leaving a slew of questions in it's wake, and election officials only expect the confusion to continue spreading across the Tri-State.

During an election year unlike any other, voters want to make sure their voice is heard. But instead, outside actors are creating some uncertainty.

"The Indiana Democratic Party, and also the Indiana Republican Party, is mailing out absentee ballot applications, which is causing confusion with the voters," explained Warrick County Clerk Patrica Perry. "Because quite a few have already submitted their applications. So in turn they're getting this from a state agency, which makes them concerned that we did not receive their absentee ballot application."

These applications aren't headed straight to Boonville, but routed through Indianapolis.

"So it can cause delays," Perry added. "It would not cause any kind of duplicate ballots to be sent out. When we enter an application into the system, it's a statewide voter registration system. It would flash and let us know that individual had already received a ballot."

Despite safeguards in place to ensure the integrity of the election, one Indiana voter we spoke to along the Warrick County waterfront says she's going to do everything she can to make sure she gets counted.

"I would rather do it in person, because mail can get distributed to different places. And if you vote in person, I don't know why we can't do that. There's plenty of stadiums, there's plenty of places where we can go and vote in person," said Roberta C. Minter.

Warrick County's clerk adds there's one simply way to avoid any confusion or delay: request a ballot application direct from the clerk's office.

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