Two days after the Primary Election, several votes cast in Wayne County were disqualified because people tried to vote without being registered in that particular party.


 Two days after the Primary Election, several votes cast in Wayne County were disqualified because people tried to vote without being registered in that particular party.
According to Cindy Furman, Director, Wayne County Bureau of Election, some people had not voted before in the Primary and may have been unaware that they had to be registered either as a Democrat or a Republican and are limited to voting in that party. In the November General Election, anyone registered to vote may vote for any party they choose.
The Election Board was convened Thursday to consider 36 provisional ballots cast. The Election Board consists of the Commissioners; Commissioner Wendell Kay is chairman.
Provisional ballots are provided to people who come to vote but there is some question at the polling place regarding either party affiliation, registration or address of the voter. The voter is allowed to fill out the ballot, which is then kept separate for the Election Board to decide later.
Furman said the Election Office staff makes an effort to educate people on the procedures set by the state, if they come to register in person. Others register either on-line or when they get their driver’s license.
In all, 25 of the provisional ballots were rejected. Some were due to incorrect addresses where a voter had not notified the Election Bureau of a change of address or for whatever reason went to vote in the wrong precinct.
Several voters were registered as “no affiliation” and tried to vote- in most cases as a Democrat. They had to be rejected, since a voter listed as “no affiliation” is limited to the November election, unless there is a referendum question on the Primary ballot (in this case there was not). A couple Republicans also tried to vote as a Democrat, and another was listed as Constitutional.
March 24 was the deadline to either register to vote, change address or switch party prior to the Primary on April 22.
In one case a military person who had always voted by absentee ballot was registered “no affiliation” and had never participated before in the Primary. He thought he could vote Republican, but his provisional ballot had to be turned down. Commissioner Brian Smith said it was a shame since this was a voter serving his country in the military; he asked that the Election Board’s regrets be expressed in the letter sent to the voter.
One voter was listed twice as two different people, having different birth dates. This was found to be an office error, and the ballot was approved. In another case, a man living in Lake Township had the same exact Lake Ariel address as another location, in neighboring Paupack Township. The Election Office recorded the wrong township; his provisional ballot was accepted. Furman commented she had cautioned this could be an issue, when street addresses were being decided for 9-1-1 response purposes.
Commissioner Kay said it was important in the letters sent back to the provisional voters, to instruct them on the procedures so their votes qualify in the future.
The Computing Board will convene at 9 a.m. Friday to begin review of absentee ballots, ballots that contained write-in votes, “over votes” and paper ballots that cold be scanned due to a tear. Furman was hopeful that the work could be done be done in two days (Friday and Monday). Final results need to be reported to the state by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
October 6 is the last day to register before the November 4th General Election.