Absentee voting is meant to encourage participation in elections. But tens of thousands of mail-in ballots end up getting rejected. Simple mistakes like forgetting to sign the form, or mailing it in past deadline can make all the difference.
Peoria Ballot Mistake Repeated By County Elections
Maricopa County election officials say replacement ballots they sent to Peoria residents because a mistake left a City Council candidate off the ballot also omitted the candidate's name.
The county spent $15,000 sending out nearly 8,500 new ballots to add back Ken Krieger as a Peoria City Council candidate.
But Maricopa County Elections Department officials said Wednesday the replacement ballots re-added Krieger's name but somehow the printer mailed out old versions. Officials are consulting with Peoria officials to decide how to proceed.
Krieger attorney Kory Langhofer says voters are now thoroughly confused and a special election should be required.
Krieger's candidacy was initially put on hold due to a challenge. Elections director Karen Osborne says she failed to return his name to the ballot.