Election officials want to ensure Brookhaven voters know where to cast a ballot during upcoming municipal elections in the hope of reducing confusion at the polls, but those officials have already encountered a few headaches themselves. In a mass mailing of voter registration cards sent during the last week of March, several Brookhaven areas did not receive the cards. These areas included the Deer Run and Moreton Estates neighborhoods, but City Clerk Mike Jinks has asked other residents to inform him if they did not receive a copy of their voter registration card by mail. The voter registration cards indicate the city ward and county district a given voter lives in. Mailing cards to each registered voter in the city is intended to help inform those voters if they have been moved into a new ward due to redistricting.
The oversight of the Deer Run and Moreton Estates areas has been rectified through a subsequent mailing, Jinks said.
Jinks and Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield have been collaborating to update voter rolls to reflect the city’s recent redistricting, but the cards were mailed through the Secretary of State’s Office.
Due to an additional mistake, some voters received multiple voter registration cards in the mail.
As far as Jinks knows, the duplicate cards received by each voter are identical. If so, voters need take no action, the city clerk said. However, if the voter registration number or other information should differ between the two cards, Jinks said his office needs to be informed.