Erie Municipal Election Update: Ballot Error & FAQ’s
This morning, the Town of Erie Clerk’s Office was informed by an Erie household it received watermarked test ballots for the upcoming election, rather than official ballots. We immediately contacted the print vendor, Election Systems & Software, to determine the scope of this error. They were able to investigate and have reported to the Clerk’s Office that there were 45 erroneously watermarked “TEST” ballots inserted into the batch of 15,000+ ballots mailed to registered voters. The Town of Erie has been contacted by 5 of the voters who have received these test ballots; there are 40 ballots still outstanding with this error.
The Town of Erie Clerk’s Office is working with the vendor to identify the remaining voters. If you are one of the remaining 40 voters that may have received a ballot with the “SAMPLE” watermark, please contact the Deputy Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-926-2730 to arrange a replacement ballot. Voters may also resolve this issue at the Voter Service Center, which will open Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Voter Service Center will also be open, Monday, April 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Election Day, Tuesday, April 3rd from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
We regret any confusion the vendor’s printing error may have caused, but would like to ensure voters that as with any contingency, voters will always have access to their ballots through the close of polls on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Where is my secrecy sleeve?
Your secrecy is the folded instructions sheet included in your ballot packet. Just insert the ballot in the folded instructions and insert into the return envelope.
Do you count my ballot if I do not use my secrecy sleeve?
Absolutely! The sleeve is not required. The process for opening your ballot with teams of sworn election judges protect the privacy of your ballot.
Who are the write-in candidates?
While a write-in space exists, there are no certified eligible write-in candidates for this election. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate per municipal code was 20 days prior to Election Day, March 14, 2018. Any votes cast for a write-in candidate will not be counted.
Do you count every ballot-or only if the race is close?
Your election judges count every eligible ballot and give voters every opportunity to have their vote counted accurately.
What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
You can make the correction on your ballot and clearly indicate your choice. Election judges are trained to review every ballot to make sure your votes are counted as you intend. OR, if you prefer, you can get a replacement ballot at the Voter Service Center located at Town Hall starting Monday, March 26th.
For more information on Erie’s Municipal Election, please visit www.erieco.gov/vote, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 303-926-2730, or email email@example.com.