Election officials in southern Indiana are looking for hundreds of absentee ballots they say ‘just disappeared.’ Clark County Party leaders say they’ve gotten dozens of calls from voters about missing ballots. They’re worried their vote won’t be counted in Tuesday’s election. If the number of signs in Jeffersonville are any indication, there’s plenty of interest in Tuesday’s races.
“I think we’ve got several of our municipal elections in Jeff and Clarksville that could come down to just a few votes,” said Clark County Republican Party Chair Jamey Noel. Noel says the two hundred missing ballots are particularly frustrating. While that may not seem like a significant number, he says the margin of victory could be razor-thin in some races. “This is really not just a Democrat or Republican problem,” he said. “It’s a problem in general that everyone deserves the right to vote and their vote should count.” The ballots apparently went missing at some point between the time they left the Clark County Government Building, and when they were supposed to be delivered to the Post Office.
Clark County officials say they have sent out a new round of ballots for those who didn’t get them, but they people also have the option to come down here and vote in person. If voters haven’t received their ballot by now, absentee voting may not be an option. To be counted, absentee ballots have to be received by the county by noon Monday.
“We just want to make sure that people get the right to vote whether they vote absentee or vote in person, but just make sure people’s votes are counting,” said Noel. For those waiting until Election Day, polls open at 6 a.m. in Indiana on Tuesday.