Jun 8, 2012 10:04 PM by Siera Santos
With the primary election quickly approaching, some voters have already turned in their mail-in ballots. But more than 4,000 voters in Teller County received faulty ballots.
The ballots are missing the signature line that's used to verify the voter's identity. Without them, the ballot is invalid. Within Teller County, there are around 11,000 registered voters. All of the 4,100 permanent mail voters received ballots without the necessary signature line.
"That's about 50 percent of our registered, active voters in Teller County," says 'JJ' Jamison, the Teller County Clerk and Recorder.
"We had an unfortunate printing error."
The Teller County Clerk and Recorders Office is currently working with Secretary of State and the vendor that printed the ballots to quickly resolve the problem.
For those who haven't submitted their ballots yet, a mailer is going out containing sticker labels with the affirmation and the signature. Voters should receive them early next week.
The voters who have already mailed their ballots must complete an affirmation and sign it. The signed affirmation can be returned by mail, by scanning and emailing/faxing or dropping it off by the office of the Teller County Clerk and Recorder.
The adhesive labels are also available onsite should voters chose to drop off their ballot in person.
"I've had some wonderful citizens who have even written out, with their own hand, the affirmation and signed it which absolutely works."
Jamison says the hiccup has actually drawn more attention to the primary election. Rather than voters waiting until the general election, people are interested in casting their vote on June 26th.
"It's an unfortunate situation, but it brings attention to the fact we're having a primary. This may get more people involved."