October 30th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
7 months ago

Some voters still waiting on absentee ballots

Some voters still haven't received absentee ballots.
Some voters still haven't received absentee ballots.

(CNN) – With less than a week until Election Day, some voters are still anxiously awaiting the arrival of their absentee ballots.

Max Lohrey of La Junta in Otero County, Colorado called CNN’s voter hotline concerned that a missing absentee ballot might have “fallen into the hands of the wrong people . . . is this going to be used for fraud?”

Chawnte Williams, is registered to vote in the Denver area but is currently out of state.  Williams reports that she requested an absentee ballot earlier this month and was informed that it would not arrive until the end of October because of printing problems. When the ballot did not arrive as scheduled, she called to check on it again, and was told by her local election officials that they had no record of her requesting an absentee ballot.

“So because of somebody’s clerical error, now it looks like I might not be able to vote,” Williams said on the hotline.  "I feel like I'm not going to be able to vote and there's no reason why," Williams also told CNN in a telephone interview Thursday.

Colorado voters who still have not received their absentee ballot should visit GoVoteColorado.com and access Colorado’s voter registration search engine, says Colorado Secretary of State spokesman Richard Coolidge. The search engine tracks the status of absentee ballots - including whether they have been mailed out, or been returned to election officials in the mail.

Sharon Sisnroy, the Otero County Clerk, told CNN that voters in her county should call or fax an application for a replacement absentee ballot. Once that request is received, Sisnroy’s office will mail out another absentee ballot. Alternatively, Sisnroy advises, voters can come to the Otero Election Division in person and complete the application for a replacement absentee ballot and then obtain the new ballot in person as well.

Some CNN voter hotline callers from Florida have expressed similar concerns. Dr. Stuart Schwartz of Palm Beach County, Florida tells CNN he hasn’t received a replacement absentee ballot after he had to return the first one mailed to him because it was not the proper ballot for him to use to vote.

A caller who lives in Bahamas also reports that she hasn’t received her absentee ballot from Broward County, Florida, even though she has “been trying for weeks” to get in touch with election officials. “It’s impossible for me to vote without receiving my ballot,” the caller said. “I’m unable to go there in person obviously.”

Florida voters who are still awaiting absentee ballots should call their local supervisor in the county where they are registered, according to Jennifer Davis, of the Elections Division in the Florida Secretary of State’s office.

Click here for links to more information about early voting


Filed under: Colorado • Florida • Voter Problems
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. sandee in Portland

    How sad this is when a country as advanced as ours still has problems with voters and their ballots. This woman should be allowed to vote for her choice no matter what. I would file a lawsuit against the county for negligence if they didn't allow it.

    October 30, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Paul, TX

    McCain is too old to be president! It is a valid issue and should be taken more seriously without stupid cries of ageism!!

    What makes this issue worse is the fact that his running mate is a complete joke! The republican party have said they dont know what position she would get if they lose the election..... surely she would be made leader of the party if they trust her to be president of the united states?

    she was thrown in to win hilary supporters and to stir the conservative base! no other reason... scary! I for one dont want my kids paying the price for a 3rd bad decision in a row!

    October 30, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. MANUEL INA

    SENATOR OBAMA HAS SAID HE WILL NOT RAISE TAXESFOR THE LOWER PEPOLE, IF TIS IS RIGTH WHO WILL HE WILL GET US OUT FROM BAD ECOMONY AND HOE WILL PAID FOR THE MDICARE FOR THE LOWER PEPOLE ALSO WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BILL TO GIVE ALL THE UDUCUMENTD OR ILIGALS TO BCOME LEGAL RESIDENTS AND THE FAMILY REUNIFICATION

    October 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. republicans hate america

    KG - You voted for Bush it is you who is the fool.

    October 30, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Annalisa

    Nothing to worry about Ian? I'm worried!

    I applied for my absentee ballot two months ago, and received it today! I live in Australia, but registered to vote in, yep, Colorado!

    The fastest I can mail it would be to get there on Wednesday, one day too late.

    Now all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the best – I'm frustraited and disappointed with it!!!!!

    Annalisa

    October 30, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. First Time Out

    CNN I am concerned about what I will do with myself after the election is over. It's starting to feel like a bad break-up about to happen. Should I expect an elecion hang-over after all of these months? Perhaps you could run a story by Campbell Brown on the different ways to deal wih the end of the campaign. Including pointers on how to rationally deal with a lose by the candidate you have supported for 20+ months.

    October 30, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Paula

    The truth will be revealed. McCain all the way!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Larry

    Obama does not looked worried at all,is it because he knows how the FIX in ,and so far the media has kept it a non-issue.Obama's Acorn has already done their dirty work and it WILL come out,but proved to late,just like JFK and the Mafia.The only hope is that ALL Republicans VOTE!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. alvino

    Let me guess, Chawnte is a registered democrat?

    October 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. AC, Atlanta

    One Person, One Vote

    Amnesty before Voting Privilege

    October 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  11. Eugene

    CBS' latest poll has Obama up by 13 points as of Thursday evening. But don't let up. Let's shoot for a tamper-proof 15% margin nationwide. And then work with the folks on the other side of the aisle regardless of any junk said during the campaign.

    October 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. John the DJ

    You know what the next thing Barack should do with his campaign money? Buy his supporters plane tickets!

    GET OUT THE VOTE!

    Obama/Biden '08.

    October 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. CNN loves a horserace

    CNN-

    Where is the NYT/CBS poll that says 59% of voters think Palin is unqualified?????

    October 30, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. alvino

    John McCain is tied to Rashid Kahlidi who Sarah Palin claims is a spokesperson for the PLO. She should have checked with John McCain to find out John was responsible for at least a half million dollars going to Rashid.

    October 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. eric

    My girlfriend has been trying to vote from colorado for 2 months now and 3 times they said they've sent out the ballot and it has not been received. when i call them, they tell us the same thing over and over and there are no results. What the hell is wrong with this country when they can't mail a ballot to NYC!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. thomas

    Ohoh, it's time to check out the registrar of voters office to check out party affilliations. Whatever the problem is, FIX IT!!

    October 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. PATRICIA CAMPNEY

    FROM CANADA HEY YOU USA NEIGHBOURS IF YOU DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA PLEASE SEND HIM UP TO CANADA WE COULD USE SURE USE A MAN LIKE HIM TO BE OUR PRIME MINISTER

    October 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Bulldog

    If this is a close election people will be screaming from both sides over voting problems. It may get real ugly in America if that happens this year.

    October 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. essie golokuma

    someone tell me how Mcain could have been tested when he has never been president.

    October 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. AN

    Technically, these voters would be waiting 'for' their ballots, not 'on' their ballots.

    October 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Richard A. Spomer

    First off for a person voting absentee, he or she is required too call voter registration office and request an absentee ballot. At which time you will be sent a form that required giving S.S. #, man, address, reason for voting absentee. There is also information about criminal charges which can be implemented for perjury in connection with fraudulent information.

    Step two the VOTING RGISTRAION OFFICE will the send a ballot to the address on initial letter requesting an absentee ballot. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TIME LINES, AND HONEST DISCLOSURE SO ALL CORSES OF COMMUNICATION ARE TO BE KEPT.

    October 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Jean

    1600+ dead people in Florida have registered to vote for Obama so no need to worry.

    October 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. tpipe Owosso MI

    I cannot believe in this day and age our country still has issues with absentee ballots.
    How on earth will all the deceased registered voters be able to cast their votes????
    Or the people who registered 10 plus times with ACORN be able to cast all theirs?

    October 30, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. Richard A. Spomer

    First off for a person voting absentee, he or she is required too call voter registration office and request an absentee ballot. At which time you will be sent a form that required giving S.S. #, man, address, reason for voting absentee. There is also information about criminal charges which can be implemented for perjury in connection with fraudulent information.

    Step two the VOTING RGISTRAION OFFICE will the send a ballot to the address on initial letter requesting an absentee ballot. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TIME LINES, AND HONEST DISCLOSURE SO ALL CORSES OF COMMUNICATION ARE TO BE KEPT.

    October 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. Soccer mom

    People see through McCain and Palin. They won't be manipulated again. I don't know how the polls are so close. I just hope they are not saying it is close so that they can steal it again.

    October 30, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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