Pennington Auditor’s Office finding errors in absentee ballots
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Auditor’s Office has been overwhelmed with elections fast approaching.
Absentee ballots have taken up a great deal of the work as the office has run into problems – voters not signing their applications.
“We’ve mailed out over 11,000 ballots so far and we’ve received about 2,200 of those back of those we’ve got about 35 back where a voter forgot to sign the back of the envelope, ” said Cindy Mohler, Pennington County Auditor. “And we can’t count that ballot if it’s not signed.”
There are roughly 70,000 registered voters in Pennington County and a fraction of those people are voting absentee. Fifteen percent of those voters are meaning to vote absentee as they have been mailed their absentee ballots.
“People are sending in the application that was sent by the Secretary of State’s office and they’re not signing it,” says Mohler. “It’s a requirement, they’re also not sending in photo copy of their I.D. and we have to have those things to mail you a ballot.”
Voters must be registered properly in order to receive an absentee ballot.