Ballot mix-up in North Augusta leaves voters frustrated
Some voters in North Augusta are upset after they received the wrong ballot on election day.
"I'm voting and I notice it did not have
the local referendum for the sales on Sunday, the alcohol sales on Sunday on
it," said Judy Whaley, who works for the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Whaley says she became confused when the referendum for Sunday alcohol sales was missing from her election day ballot.
"And I asked the lady and she said, 'No
that's not on this ballot' and I said, 'Well it was supposed to be, I mean
it's supposed to be on the ballot okay,' and I kept thinking something's wrong,
something's wrong here," said Whaley.
Something was wrong, the Aiken County Board of Elections says an unknown number of North Augusta residents were given the wrong ballot on Tuesday.
"Some of the city voters from what I
understand did not get the local question about the alcohol sales," said Cynthia Holland, the executive director of Aiken County Registration and Election.
That's because some city and county residents share voting precincts and when they came to vote, they didn't get the North Augusta ballot, instead they were wrongly selection to get the one for voters who live outside city limits.
"It was very disappointing to me
because we do promote it and I do believe in it," said Whaley.
Disappointing to voters who feel strongly about the issue and for the elections board, which blames human error for the confusion.
"I just think that sometimes we get
overwhelmed. It's a long day. I'm not making excuses, I'm not sure what
happened," said Holland.
Wednesday, October 31 2012 2:48 PM EDT2012-10-31 18:48:47 GMT
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