Data change results in incorrect polling location information on some new Sarasota County voter cards

2:26 PM, Jul 16, 2012   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida - Some of the new voter information cards being mailed to Sarasota County voters beginning last Friday may contain incorrect polling location information.

The issue is the result of a mismatch between the voter's address on file with the elections office and the address contained in U.S. Postal Service records.

Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent explained in a release that "While the USPS uses internal systems to verify and update addresses regularly, the supervisor of elections office must rely on voters to notify it when they move or change their residence addresses."

It is not yet known how many voters will receive cards with incorrect information because if the mailing address - but not the residence address - was changed, this will not affect the voter's polling location. Voters are assigned to precincts and polling locations based on their residence addresses - not mailing addresses.

Of the more than 280,000 Sarasota County voters, the mail house reported making changes to approximately 4,500 voter records.

Dent said the mail house will resend voter information cards to the affected voters within the next 10 days to two weeks. If a voter receives a second voter information card, he or she should discard the first.

Voters with questions or who receive new cards, which contain incorrect address information, are urged to contact any SOE office at (941) 861-8600 (Sarasota), (941) 861-3760 (Venice), or (941) 423-9540 (North Port).

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