For the second time this election season Maricopa County could be dealing with a ballot blunder. Monday night on CBS 5 News at 10 we told you about a voter who received two ballots in the mail. Now, voters are getting ballots with the wrong names on them. Early voters need to pay close attention to two areas on the front of their ballot envelope and make sure the two addresses match. In some cases they don’t. George Irrgang had already sealed his early ballot and was prepared to mail it back until we suggested he double check that ballot was in fact his. “I looked at it pretty carefully I thought,” Irrgang said. However, even though the ballot was addressed to him it actually belongs to someone else. “Yea, someone named Gwendolyn,” Irrgang added. After our story about two ballots delivered to a voter, more viewers hit our action button, alerting us to their own erroneous ballots.
“Myself, the guy, another guy on Cholla [Street], and then this person on Cholla,” Irrgang said as he recounted the known neighbors who received an early ballot with someone else’s name on it. “That’s three right here so who knows how many more.”
And who knows how many voters unknowingly returned early ballots that had someone else’s name on it?
“There have not been any sent back in,” said Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne. “We have now put a block on these four and we will do the same with any others that we find.”
But Osborne says the printer they use must first, “go through the whole 1,200,000 ballots electronically to see if this happened in other place with any other person,” she explained.