UPDATE: Kaptur campaign calls ballot mistake ‘sloppy’Written by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
About 70 Lucas County voters may have received the wrong ballot March 6, said Steve Fought, Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s campaign manager.
Fought advised any citizen who voted before 1 p.m. at Reynolds Elementary School in Precinct 24-C to return to recast their ballot.
Voters reportedly received ballots for the Fifth Congressional District instead of the Ninth Congressional District. Fought said the mistake may have been because workers didn’t understand the new redistricting that resulted in Kaptur facing Rep. Dennis Kucinich this election.
The mistake could lead to legal action depending on the election’s results, Fought said.
Fought said he has been unable to get a hold of Lucas County Board of Elections officials, which he called “pathetic.” Director Meghan Gallagher’s voicemail was not working at press time.
“It’s just sloppy work on the part of the Board of Elections. Voters in Lucas County have had enough of this; it’s time for the Board of Elections to get its act together,” he said.
Ron Rothenbuhler, chair of the Lucas County Democratic Party and board member, said the Board has contacted the Secretary of State’s office to determine what the next step is and was in a meeting at press time.
“It’s been a developing issue,” said Matt McClellan, press secretary for the Secretary of State’s office. “As of right now, if a voter were to show and ask to vote provisionally, they should be able to do so.” Voting polls, however, closed at 7:30 p.m.
He said the office will continue to look into the situation.