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Bel Aire mail-in ballots incorrect; voters will have to cast votes again

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 12:24 p.m.

About 100 advance mail-in ballots sent out for the Bel Aire City Council election were incorrect, and voters who received and returned them will need to cast their votes again.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said a new ordinance changed how city council candidates are listed on the ballot. But when her office received candidate information from the Bel Aire city clerk’s office, she said, the candidates were listed the way they used to be.

What’s changed is that the candidate seeking an unexpired term no longer is listed by himself or herself. But the ballots that went out had candidate Carolyn Smith listed on a line by herself, which makes it look like she had no opponents.

All the candidates should be listed together, Lehman said.

Lehman said her office is sending out new advance mail-in ballots, and the clerk’s office also is notifying people who have returned their ballots to cast a new one.

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