Error keeps council races off some Jonesboro ballots

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Craighead County Election Commission addressed an error this week that prevented some Jonesboro residents from voting in several city council races.

Commission members learned Wednesday afternoon that some early voters who live in eastern Jonesboro got incorrect ballots.

Those voters were unable to cast votes in three aldermanic races until Thursday.

A voter who lives on the city's eastern side alerted the commission to the problem, telling members that three city council races were absent from his ballot when he went to vote early.

Upon investigating the claim, Brandy Brown, the commission's chairman, confirmed the mistake and worked quickly to correct it.

Brown attributes the error to confusion from recent redistricting.

The mistake affected people, he says, voting in Precinct 9, which includes those who live in city limits in eastern Jonesboro that fall within the Justice of the Peace District 12.

Brown says it's unclear how many people were given the wrong ballot at this point, but the votes already cast will count despite the absence of the municipal races.

The election commission reprinted paper ballots and made them available Thursday at 8 a.m.

Brown says the company that programs the city's voting machines should correct the electronic ballot sometime soon.

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