Columbia County correcting ballot mixup


LAKE CITY, Fla. – The Columbia County Supervisor of Elections will be trying to reach 18 voters who were mistakenly given the wrong ballots during early voting to ask them to vote again in county commission and school board races.

The move comes after a voter alerted the elections office on Wednesday that some ballots were asking people to vote in the wrong County Commission and School Board races.

The Supervisor of Elections office says it spent Thursday going through each ballot, found 118 that had the wrong districts and identified the 18 voters who had voted on one of the incorrect ballots.

The confusion is being traced to newly drawn borders for Districts 1 and 5 in the County Commission and District 2 and 5 for the School Board.

""We have since corrected all the errors," Supervisor of Elections Liz Horne said.

The elections office is reaching out to those voters asking them to vote a second time on a provisional ballot on just those races.

Horne notified attorneys with the Florida Elections Division and the county election canvasing board, who signed off on how the county was addressing the problem.

Candidates who learned of the ballot mixup were concerned how it would effect them.

"I have no way of determining exactly how many votes I'm losing or my opponents are losing or gaining," District 5 commission candidate Tim Murphy told WCJB-TV. "Who knows?"

Horne said early voting has been strong for this primary, averaging 600 per day countywide.