- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) - The St. Francis County Election Commission has voted to approve several steps to correct a mistake in which some residents of District 49 were given a ballot without the state House representative race listed on it.

The commission had received complaints from affected voters, but they believed at the time that the problem was due to confusion over a prior redrawing of the district’s boundaries, according to the Times-Herald (https://bit.ly/2fHZsiL ).

Commission Chairman Chris Oswalt said after an investigation, it was determined that the voters did live in the district. Oswalt said the 66 affected voters should be given the opportunity to vote in that particular race, and made six recommendations to fix the issue, including notifying the affected voters that they will be able to return to the courthouse to vote for a House representative. Voters who are unable to come to the courthouse before the end of early voting will be allowed to cast their ballot in special election day polling sites that have the list of affected voters, according to Oswalt.

He also addressed how the 13 ineligible voters who already cast their vote might affect the race.

“Because the 13 ineligible votes are in polling sites which also have precincts within District 49, the election commission has no way of removing the votes from the totals,” Oswalt said. “Since District 49 is in three counties, it is our belief these 13 ineligible votes would not have any impact.”

The two candidates for the House representative position are state Rep. Marshall Wright and Steve Hollowell.


Information from: Times-Herald, https://www.thnews.com/

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