Ballots Arrive With Printing Mistake In Sanpete County

Oct 14, 2020, 7:08 PM | Updated: 8:12 pm

MANTI, Utah – Phones were ringing off the hook Wednesday at the Sanpete County Clerk’s Office after mail-in ballots arrived in voters’ mailboxes with a critical error: the voter affidavit and signature lines were missing.

“There was no place for our signature,” said Spencer Dyches, who lives in Ephraim and received his ballot on Tuesday. “It’s a pretty big oversight, obviously. A major one because if you don’t sign your ballot, it’s not counted.”

Sanpete County Clerk Sandy Neill said election workers can’t process a ballot without first verifying the signature on the envelope against the signature on file for that voter.

She said the mistake affected approximately 13,500 ballots and the printing company is responsible for leaving the back flap on the envelope totally blank.

“The concern from some of the callers has been, ‘You’re going to throw the election by your mistake and we’re angry,’” Neill said. “And I get it. It’s frustrating and you’re worried. You fixed yours, but how many didn’t?”

The section of the envelope should contain a voter affidavit and signature line where voters attest that they are a registered voter, that the ballot belongs to them and that they voted on that ballot.

The affidavit goes on to say that the voter is stating they are not currently incarcerated for committing a felony.

Ballots should have a voter affidavit line and a signature line on the back flap of the envelope. (KSL-TV) Approximately 13,500 Sanpete County ballots were printed without the voter affidavit or signature lines on the back flap of the envelope. (KSL-TV)

In addition to the signature line, the envelope is also missing sections where voters have the option to write a phone number and email address in case the clerk’s office needs to contact them with a question about their signature.

To fix the problem, Neill said the printing company is covering the cost to send postcards to every voter with instructions to sign their ballot, or if they’ve already sent it back, to sign and return the postcard itself. If that doesn’t work, the county clerk will send cure letters requesting signatures.

“We’ve got this. We’re going to make the votes count,” Neill said. “I’ve had candidates call and very concerned about what it’s going to do to some of these close races, and I’ve let them know that we will take care of it.”

Since learning about the ballot issue on Tuesday night, Utah Elections Director Justin Lee said his office has been coordinating with Sanpete County officials in a supporting role.

“Making sure the plan that they have in place makes sense,” Lee said.

Lee said he is confident Sanpete County will have time to fix the problem, but he acknowledged it’s an unfortunate mistake.

“Certainly not the kind of start you want to have,” he said.

Neill said there’s plenty of time to get the signatures collected for the ballots that get returned unsigned and they actually have nearly two weeks past Election Day to do so.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Election

An upcoming ballot initiative will have Utah voters decide if the State government should have more...
Shelby Lofton

What Utah voters should know about Constitutional Amendment A

An upcoming ballot initiative will have Utah voters decide if the State government should have more money during emergency situations.
3 months ago
FILE: Independent candidate Evan McMullin  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)...
By Devan Cole, CNN

Utah Democrats back independent as US Senate candidate

The Utah Democratic Party on Saturday threw its support behind the independent candidacy of former presidential contender Evan McMullin to take on GOP Sen. Mike Lee.
9 months ago
FILE PHOTO -- Virginia residents vote at the Fairfax County Government Center on November 02, 2021 ...
Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Davis County offers election security town hall and tour

FARMINGTON, Utah — With the Utah Legislature addressing voter confidence, and with far too little voter fraud discovered to make a difference in the 2020 election, Davis County officials are continuing efforts to be transparent in its election process. The county is holding a series of election integrity events, including one Wednesday night, to provide […]
10 months ago
Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio

Follow the Ballot: How Utah ballots are tabulated and audited

In the second of a two-part series, learn how Utah ballots are tabulated and audited to assure accuracy and election security.
11 months ago
Rep. Burgess Owens (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican Nationa...

Burgess Owens, Blake Moore Sworn Into Office

Utah representatives Blake Moore and Burgess Owens have been sworn into office.
2 years ago
Utah County residents vote in-person during the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3, 2020. (KSL-TV)...
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Utah’s 29 Counties Finalize Election Results

Many of Utah’s 29 counties were celebrating increased voter turnout as they submitted their final vote totals to the state election office on Tuesday.
2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Ballots Arrive With Printing Mistake In Sanpete County