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County sends OV incorrect ballots

Ballots mailed to some didn't include park bond question

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Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:00 pm

Oro Valley officials have requested a ballot reprint from the Pima County Elections Department after some town residents received mail-in ballots that did not include the Naranja Park bond question.

In an Oct. 16 letter addressed to Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson, Oro Valley Town Clerk Kathryn Cuvelier informed the elections boss of the mistake.

“First, we are disappointed by the lack of quality control in the Pima County Elections Division that led to incorrect or incomplete ballots being mailed to voters within the Town of Oro Valley,” Cuvelier wrote.

The error was likely the result of a computer-coding mistake, Cuvelier said.

Oro Valley residents who received the incorrect ballots live in portions of voting precinct 360, an area that encompasses a section of unincorporated Pima County.

The area covers a small section of Pima County west of the northernmost end of La Canada Drive and south of Moore Road.

Oro Valley voters should have gotten ballots that included the park bond issue, Question 400 on the ballot, while separate ballots for Pima County residents would not have the bond question.

As result of the mix up, some town residents received ballots printed for county residents.

“Second, we are dismayed that the Pima County Division of Elections did not make us aware of this situation, but that we had to learn it from other sources,” Cuvelier wrote in her letter to Nelson.

About 2,044 Oro Valley residents live in the precinct. There are no residents in the county portion.

Elections laws mandate that a certain number of ballots get printed for the county section of the precinct.

Affected Oro Valley residents may have already received a letter from the office of Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez informing of the mistake.

That letter requests that residents who have not used the early-voting ballot destroy the erroneous election document.

Residents who already sent in their ballots can call the recorder’s office at 740-4330 to request a new voting form.

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