Voters receive wrong ballots in Precinct 3-2 and 3-3 at Tuesday’s primary election; Special election could result from error

Voters receive wrong ballots in Precinct 3-2 and 3-3 at Tuesday’s primary election; Special election could result from error

Police Officers were called to the Methodist Church on Edgar which serves as a polling place. They met with stakeholders including citizens, candidates and poll workers.

ROCK SPRINGS – Residents voting in precinct 3-2 and 3-3 may have been thrown off guard at the Primary Election Tuesday morning as voters were given the wrong ballots.

Some voters noticed the problem and informed the County Clerk and Rep. Mark Baker who is one of the candidates impacted by the issue. Baker said he received a call from supporters who informed him the wrong candidate was on their ballots.

Baker told SweetwaterNOW he has contacted the Secretary of State’s Office and was informed it was a local issue and the office believed the precinct needed to receive better training. The Secretary of State’s Office also said Baker could file a complaint with their office and the County Attorney’s Office.

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Sweetwater County Clerk Dale Davis met with Baker, Local Republic Party Official Island Richards and two voters who noticed the issue. After meeting with them, Davis explained the issue.

Davis said in precinct 3-2 and 3-3, the voters were given the wrong ballot styles.

The difference between the two were the names of the candidates running for state representative as different candidates represent the different precincts.

Davis said when he received word of the problem, he called the precinct to let them know about the issue and make sure the right ballots were being handed out. He said the call was between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Davis pointed out the two candidates impacted are running unopposed and will go on the the general election. He said the clerk’s office will look closely at the ballots especially looking at write-in candidates. Davis explained if they do find something which would impact the race, a special election would have to take place.