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Not uncommon for some early Arizona voters to receive multiple ballots

If you are one of the 1.4 million people in Maricopa County who votes by mail, you’ve likely already received your ballot.


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That’s true for a Peoria retiree except he didn’t just get one ballot and it turns out he’s not the only one.

Jack Whitten was a little confused when he pulled three ballots out of his mailbox.

“I looked and one was addressed to my wife and the other two addressed to me,” Whitten said. “So I thought well, this is strange.”

But it’s actually not strange, at least according to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

“It happens all the time, this is not an error,” Elizabeth Bartholomew with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office said.

The Recorder’s Office said multiple ballots are a by-product of the sheer number of registered voters, which is about 2 million, and how many of those receive mail-in ballots, which is about 1.4 million.

“We have to send the voter file to our vendor to print them way in advance and it’s usually about a week, or two weeks before the end of the registration deadline,” Bartholomew said.

So if a voter makes any changes to their registration during that time-frame, like updating an address, or changing their political party, they’re likely to get more than one ballot, which is what happened in Whitten’s case.

“We want to vote but I don’t want to vote twice and I don’t want anybody else voting twice,” Whitten said.

The Recorder’s Office said if you do get two ballots, fill out and return the most recently received one if you can remember which one that is. If not, that’s OK too your vote will still count.

“We’re still going to make sure and track in our system that if they have received more than one ballot that only one comes back to us and not two,” Bartholomew said.

If you have a question about the elections or want to know why you received two ballots, you can go to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website. Or call them at 602-506-1511.

You can also tweet them @RecorderPurcell or go the office’s Facebook page.


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