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Ballot snafu leaves off constable race

Posted: May 15, 2012 - 10:00am

A second ballot error since the beginning of early voting has caused a reprinting of ballots and a chance for five Faulkner County residents to vote again during the early voting period.

The race for constable in the California township between Randy Bowling and Nathan Kelley was left off the ballot for voters living in that area. Five votes have already been cast using incomplete ballots, and Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds said that new ballots have been printed, the five voters have been contacted, and they will be allowed to cast their votes again.

"There were four votes cast in Greenbrier and one at the library," Reynolds said. "I am allowing those voters to vote again, and we will add them manually to the overall votes on election night."

Reynolds said the entire race was left off the ballot, not just one candidate. She said neither candidate had an advantage over the other.

The latest ballot oversight comes on the heels of another ballot snafu seen on the first day of early voting. The word "Representative" was left off the documents before Republican State Representative Ed Garner's name. He is running for state senate in district 15 and faces Representative David Sanders. Republican officials requested a notice of the error to be sent to anyone who has already received their absentee ballot. Garner said he was told election officials worked throughout the night to redo the electronic voting machines and for any absentee ballots still to be sent out, they will have a sticker including his office. 

Election Day for primary races and non-partisan judges races is May 22.

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Faulkner 05/15/12 - 03:16 pm
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Easy selection here . . . Mr.

Easy selection here . . . Mr. Kelly is a leutenant in the Sheriff's Reserve Unit and already is a certified law enforcement officer.

Mr. Bowling appears to have no appropriate credentials for the position.

Oilman
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Oilman 05/15/12 - 04:30 pm
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That is why he should not be a Constable..Easy Selection?

Faulkner-Your tripping over your EGO again! Mr. Bowling is a good guy that is interested in helping his community not on a power trip.

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Faulkner 05/16/12 - 06:46 am
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Really? I was trying to be

Really? I was trying to be professional in my comments and state appropriate qualifications. Those that know or have met Mr. Kelly would recognize his professionalism, experiance, and would readily acknowledge he is certainly not on a power trip.

Conversely, Mr. Bowling qualifications seem to include a long list of people he hates. Just have a 5 minute conversation with him and he'll likely start listing them for you.

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i_wonder 05/16/12 - 08:53 am
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clearly
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We need a constable debate to clear this mess up.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 05/15/12 - 03:25 pm
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The CONSTABLE race is heating up, thanks for the insight, Faulkner.

havok
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havok 05/15/12 - 08:54 pm
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Reynolds shouldn't wait till the election..

Reynolds shouldn't wait till the election..she should resign Immediately. This is embarrasing and incompetent..

It isn't really that difficult to verify or proof read ballots on a dozen or so races.

open book
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open book 05/16/12 - 02:46 pm
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@havok....I was thinking the

@havok....I was thinking the same thing...we have all become so use to hearing about mistakes being made by the current Co Clerk Melinda Reynolds we think this is normal. I am for the new normal...elect Alderman Mark Vaught to eliminate mistakes and bring the office into the 21st century!

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