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Mix-up prompts election reminder
Three received wrong ballot
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• More voting information, including precincts, can be found on Forsyth County’s Web site, www.forsythco.com.

• Also: When voting, voters will be asked to provide one of six forms of photo identification, including a driver’s license or U.S. passport.

The Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office encourages voters to check twice before casting a ballot Tuesday.

“We urge and caution people to check their ballots and if there’s anything wrong with their ballots, that they do tell a poll manager before casting [them],” said Barbara Luth, elections supervisor.

The recommendation follows three complaints from voters who say they received the wrong ballot.

As of Thursday, more than 5,500 ballots had been cast, said Luth, who added that mistakes don’t happen often.

“It’s a poll worker error,” she explained. “We tell our poll workers to please double check and make sure you put in the right [information].”

In Forsyth County, there are 109 different ballot possibilities, offering the various combinations for county, state and congressional districts.

The county is divided into five state House districts, two state Senate districts, two congressional districts and five county districts.

Poll workers scan a list, selecting between the various options to comprise a five-digit number that makes up a voter’s unique combination. But one incorrect click and the wrong ballot can be printed.

Luth said it’s crucial that voters who suspect they may have received an incorrect ballot, or who have any questions, ask a poll worker before voting.

“If they’ve already cast their ballot, there’s no way for us to be able to retrieve that ballot out of the system,” Luth said. “There’s no way you can tie any one person to any one ballot.”

Each voting booth has reminders, however. Two signs are posted in every booth, as well as throughout polling locations letting voters know to report any mistakes to a poll worker before touching the button.

“Once you touch ‘cast ballot,’ your vote has been recorded and is final,” the notice reads.
The notices will be posted on Election Day, when all the county’s precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voters.