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Absentee post card requests cause trouble for election officials

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 20, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A postcard to voters has created an avalanche of paperwork for the elections office.

This is what was sent to voters and it's a perfectly legal way to request an absentee ballot. The elections office has received nearly a thousand requests for absentee ballots. But many of the requests are incomplete and that's creating a problem.

"The post card applications are fine, and that would have been fine, but the people are not signing them. There's a place at the very bottom we must have the signature of the voter or we cannot send the ballot," said Carolyn Hatcher, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor.

That causes the elections office to have to send the voter another application and then mail a ballot once they've returned the signed request, at an expense to both the voter and then the elections office.

To date more than 800 people have cast early ballots in the run-off and nearly 400 have been mailed out. Early voting ends Wednesday.  Voters are reminded they need to bring their photo ID to vote.  

Election officials say they don't expect long lines election day except for early in the morning and just before the polls close. 

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