Absentee ballots not always counted
By VERNON SIKES
Just because all the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted when an individual votes absentee ballot, there's no guarantee his vote will be counted.
In last week's hearing in which Bennie K. Warrington challenged the election of Danny Neely as Southern District justice court judge, a review of 11 absentee ballots indicated that the qualifying of absentee ballots is not an exact science.
“Just because you vote absentee in the circuit clerk's office and the deputy circuit clerks see that you do everything correctly doesn't mean the pollworkers are going to count it,” former Circuit Clerk and Registrar Susie Bradshaw said recently. “If (the pollworkers) look at the name and don't like the person, they can reject it and there's nothing (the circuit clerk) can do about it.”
Bradshaw said several ballots from one precinct's box in last November's election that had been completed with the assistance of the deputy circuit clerks were rejected for no apparent reason.
“Everything was completed exactly according to code,” she said. “Why were they rejected is what I'd like to know.”
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