Printing mistake could void some election ballots

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A printing mistake on some election ballot envelopes in Maricopa County could result in ballots not being counted.

The problem is that the name and address on the envelopes do not match.

"If they were to complete that envelope and sign their name it would not match and I don't know how many people look at that closely," said Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell.

That could cost some residents their votes this year if they don't catch the mistake.

County election officials said the mistake occurred on a small number of ballots and they are working hard to fix it.

"We understand it is someplace in the neighborhood of a thousand out of a million three-hundred thousand that we mailed out last week," said Purcell.

Purcell said the printing company that made the mistake is trying to identify voters who received the botched ballots. Those voters will receive a substitute ballot, according to Purcell.

This is the second time this year the Maricopa County Elections Department has had to deal with a printing error.

Earlier this year, a Peoria city council candidate's name was left off the ballot twice. That mistake cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

"None of us ever do a perfect election and if there's an election director that says everything is perfect they probably haven't done one," Purcell said.