POLITICS
10/24/2012 06:45 pm ET Updated Oct 25, 2012

Washington Ballots Ask Voters To Pick 'President Of The Untied States': Today's Votes Of Incompetence

Errors by election officials are continuing to pop up across the country, with the latest example coming from Washington state, where ballots were printed for 22,596 voters that asked them to pick a "President/Vice President of the Untied States," instead of the "United States," the Peninsula Daily News reports.

County Auditor Donna Eldridge, of Jefferson County, Wash., said the ballots with the typo were sent out last week. "We went over this several times with five staff members, but somehow this one got through," she told the newspaper.

Eldridge said voters won't be affected by the typo because “with many words, it doesn't matter as long as you have the first letters and the last letters spelled right, people know what you mean.”

The "Untied States" typo is not the only error by voting officials that was reported this week. Here are some others:

-- In Auburn Hills, Mich., hundreds of voters may not have received absentee ballots they had requested, according to Michigan Radio. City Clerk Terry Kowal said 1,455 absentee ballots had been sent out on Oct. 3, and voters should have received them by now, but more than a third of them may not have been delivered. She told Michigan Radio that she's talked to the U.S. Postal Service to try to find out what happened, but if voters haven't received a ballot, they should call her office to request a new one.

-- In the swing state of North Carolina, several voters in Greensboro on Monday said their electronic voting machine had switched their votes from their selection, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to President Barack Obama, according to local television station Fox 8. The Board of Elections director for Guilford County, George Gilbert, said those voting machines need to be re-calibrated in order to work properly. "It's not a conspiracy. It's just a machine that needs to be corrected," he told Fox 8. Two voters in Cumberland County, N.C., also complained that the electronic voting machine wasn't registering their candidate choices properly on the touch screen, the Fayetteville Observer reports. The board of elections said the machine was shut down and re-calibrated.

-- In White County, Ark., a voter noticed that the name of State Representative Tiffany Rogers name was misspelled on the electronic ballot, reports ArkansasMatters.com. The name was instead spelled: "State Representative Tiffany Rog..." A spokesperson for the Arkansas Democratic Party said the party hopes that the typo will be corrected soon.

-- In La Porte County, Ind., local Democrats are urging election officials to ensure that thousands of voters who had been purged from the voting rolls by mistake are put back on the rolls so they can vote on Election Day. In 2011, 800 voters were due to be purged from the registration system, but instead more than 13,000 voters were removed. "An overzealous cleaning of the records is a move that can't be tolerated," La Porte County Democratic Party Chair John Jones told the Herald Argus newspaper. County officials are meeting this week to sort out the mess.

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