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June 05, 2018 06:02 PM

Voter Says Election Workers Told Him to Use Wrong Ballot

Wrong place, wrong ballot. Voters contacted KELOLAND News about receiving the wrong ballots on election day. That includes Mark Millage, who lives in Sioux Falls.

On their ballot, Republican voters in district nine got to choose between state senate candidates Lora Hubbel and Wayne H. Steinhauer. When Millage went to vote, polling place workers gave him a District 9 ballot. The problem is he is a District 11 voter. 

He says he told the polling place supervisor, who called county auditor Bob Litz's office. Millage, the former news director for KELOLAND News, says they told him to use the wrong ballot anyway. 

"They felt, because there was no primary for the legislature in District 11, we should just go ahead and use district nine ballots," Millage said. 

Millage says this wasn't the way to deal with the issue. 

"It's concerning because those of us in District 11 could vote in the state senate race in district nine and I think whoever loses that race has solid grounds for an appeal or a lawsuit," Mark Millage said. 

By the time this story aired on KELOLAND News, Litz hadn't returned our requests for an interview. One of his employees said he was out at polling places, and busy doing his job. 

In an email, Litz says due to labeling issues, "one precinct in Legislative District 14 had generic republican ballots instead of specific precinct ballots. 14 voters did not get to vote on state legislative races, but did vote on all other republican races." Litz says his team caught it early and corrected it. Litz sent the email at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, and said at that time he wasn't aware of any problems in Legislative Districts 9 or 11.

Millage says he voted at 8:30 a.m. 

"The response from the auditor's office was disappointing because accuracy matters in elections. Competence matters in elections, and obviously, these elections are a little bit beyond the auditor's abilities," Millage said. 

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