Pulaski County faced numerous problems on Election Day, including handing out about 250 wrong ballots to Sherwood voters. At the Duran Youth Center polling station in Sherwood, workers gave about 250 voters ballots with the race for Ward 1 though those people were not residents of Ward 1. Sherwood council member Ken Keplinger and April Ford Broderick were the candidates for the position. Keplinger lost to Ford Broderick by 551 votes, according to election results. A voter notified the county election commission about 1:30 p.m about the problem on Election Day, Poe said. The ballots had been going out since polls opened at 7:30 a.m. “I mean, we’re thankful that that person called in,” Poe said. There is no recourse for the mistake because Arkansas law does not address the situation, said Pat Hays, chairman of the election commission. “It’s probably about the most unfortunate thing I’ve seen in my time on the commission,” Hays said.
Keplinger, who served two terms on the City Council, said he will alert state legislators to the situation but will not take any further action.
“It’s just a frustration factor,” he said. “I really don’t know if I got beat or not.”
Commissioner Jason Davis said at an election commission meeting last week that there were similar events in other areas, including voters receiving ballots that did not have all their candidates listed.
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