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Ballots are re-issued in Coleridge area after ballot mistake

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HARTINGTON — A computer glitch is forcing some registered voters in the Coleridge area to vote twice.

Cedar County Clerk Dave Dowling said 121 ballots in the Coleridge area did not have the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge bond election listed on them.

When the omission was brought to his attention, quite a few of the ballots in that precinct had already been returned, Dowling said, so he had no choice but to reprint and mail out new ballots to everyone in that precinct.

“Two days after the first ballot arrived, new ballots were mailed out,” Dowling said.

The LCC School District is asking its patrons to approve a bond for a $23 million school update and renovation project that would include knocking down the old school in Laurel.

Even though some people had already sent their completed ballot back in, there is “absolutely no chance of a ballot being counted twice,” Dowling said.

The scanner that reads the ballots is being loaded with a separate code so it will only accept the revised ballot, he said. The other ballots will be discarded.

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