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Tulsa County Election Board investigates ballot mix-up, calculates how many voters affected

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 16:56:14-04

Officials say it was not long after the voting process began that they noticed a mix-up that didn't allow some people to vote in the mayoral race between Mayor Bartlett and Mayor-Elect Bynum.

Those at the election board say they're working tirelessly to certify Tuesday’s votes and find out exactly how many people did not vote in that Tulsa mayoral race.

MORE ELECTION RESULTS HERE

The board secretary told 2 Works for You Tuesday that precinct workers mistakenly turned away voters.

They say officials didn't read an instruction letter saying every registered voter in Tulsa is allowed to cast their ballot in the municipal primary because it was non-partisan.

While, they say, the possibility of opening the polls again isn’t likely, now they are looking into the legalities. 

Once the board determines how many voters did not fill out a municipal ballot, workers must get all the votes verified and sent to both Mayor Bartlett and GT Bynum's campaign managers Wednesday.

Both camps will have a contest period that runs until Friday at 5 p.m., where they can contest the results.

From there, the election board sets aside a court date after each election, specifically for cases such as this one.

But voting officials say they don't believe this particular case will go that far, primarily because of the wide margin of results in this race.

The Tulsa County Election Board says they're trying to work with voters who were affected by the mix-up. They say some even have volunteered to become precinct workers themselves in the future.
 

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