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Jun 10, 2012 1:23 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Massive ballot error jeopardizes Pueblo election

A massive ballot mistake in Pueblo has lawmakers scrambling after some voters received two election ballots.

Scott Gessler, Secretary of State told News 5 the problem started at the Clerk & Recorder's Office. People who changed their voter registration had a second profile made in the system, resulting in the extra ballot.

Officials discovered the problem on Friday, and because people are already voting there's a lot of work ahead to figure out how many people got extra ballots, and how to make sure they don't vote twice. Gessler says the biggest worry is people who do vote twice will dilute votes of those with one ballot, making for inaccurate election results.

In the meantime, some voters are concerned about the legitimacy of this election, as even candidates for office are receiving two ballots, and could potentially vote for themselves twice. "It makes you question how valid each election is, and elections are very important to the state of Colorado and Pueblo in general so it's very concerning," says Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff, a candidate for House District 47.

Scott Gesler, Secretary of State, told News 5: "I think that really underscores the need to have measures. And these are things I've been pushing for a while to make sure we've got accurate voter roles, so this is a really disturbing systemic issue that's going on in Pueblo now and we need to get to the bottom of this very quickly."

Officials are asking people not to vote twice despite being mailed two ballots, but how this error will impact the election-- and voters confidence in our government-- is yet to be seen.

 

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