County election officials find errors on Nov. ballot
By Thomas Dewell, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Date: September 22, 2010
Teton County election officials Tuesday discovered two errors on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election and in response will change absentee voting and polling-day procedures.
As currently printed, the ballot tells voters to pick four candidates for Teton County School District No. 1, but it should tell them to pick only three. The ballot also tells voters to pick three trustees for the St. John’s Medical Center board of trustees, when it should direct voters to pick four.
The Teton County Clerk’s office has elected not to reprint the 15,500 ballots received Sept. 16 due to costs, said Sharon Nethercott, county elections supervisor. The ballots cost $4,495, Nethercott said.
Instead, officials will print a second ballot for the school district and hospital races with the correct instructions.
“I feel really badly,” said Nethercott, who was one of the people who proofed the ballot. “I’m really thankful we caught this early, so voters shouldn’t be hindered too much.”
Nethercott described the new plan for determining election winners:
At the polls, voters will complete the original ballot for races ranging from U.S. House to Teton County commissioner. They also will complete the second ballot for the school and hospital races.
Voters will enter the regular ballots into the computerized counting machines, which will be programed to not read the school and hospital sections.
The new hospital and school ballots will be entered in a box and will be counted by hand on election night.
Already, approximately 35 ballots have been sent to voters overseas. The second ballot also will be sent to those individuals.
Although absentee ballots have not been sent out, some individuals already have come to the clerk’s office requesting absentee ballots. Nethercott asked those people to return to the clerk’s office to get a second ballot or to call 733-7733.
Voters may also contact the office at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.