October 30th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Some voters still waiting on absentee ballots

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(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. Stacy from Loudoun County Virginia

    This is the same garbage that happens every few years. We need uniform standards (i.e. federal standards) that apply to everyone. Regulations are applied equally to everyone and the position elevated to either a cabinet position with congressional oversight. There is too much monkeying around with ballots and purging of records right around voting time.

    October 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. McCain's new name is...

    "joe the sore & desperate looser"

    October 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. turning IN blue from Chicago

    lol check mccains house. get back to me when you can he has alot of them

    October 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Desperation brings out the worst in some parties.......... they stole an election in 2004. I'm pretty darned sure they will try again. They have to be WATCHED at every bend in the road.

    Smoke screen and lies don't cover up dirty doings.... what is done in the dark will come to the light! This time I hope they pay the price of trying to keep people from the polls and destroying their votes.

    ACORN is no concern.... voter registration fraud is nothing like VOTER fraud. The repubs have done the latter... and we know it!

    October 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Z

    Like the absentee ballots of overseas military members that democrats are trying to block because they know they're most likely votes for republicans (you know, the military members that risk their lives to give them their freedom) and at the same time pushing to get felons to vote because they will likely vote democrat (looking for a handout). Isn't that weird? It's almost like democrats are criminals without any morals....just like the people that vote for them. Doesn't it say something when all terrorists and criminals are pulling for your candidate (obama) to win? Hmmm.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Michael

    I am from Colorado and I am out of state at college. I requested an absentee ballot and I never got one. My brother is the same way. My mom had to go pick one up and is bringing it to me tom and then taking it back for me.

    October 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Stephen

    Well...if you want to vote that badly, then why the heck are you in the Bahamas? I don't think it really makes sense if I could vote for the California election if I was in Canada, for example...

    October 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. St. Paul Mom

    Everyone who can vote, should. If you have the option to vote early, do so. If someone challenges your right to vote, defend it. – And then be sure to double-check your how your vote is recorded. This election is important; don't let it be decided by error, ignorance, or intimidation.

    October 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Turnabout is fair play

    KG October 30th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

    OBAMA is playing everyone for fools and he may just get away with it. As I always told my kids when they would hurt themselves doing something stupid." YOU DID IT TO YOURSELF"

    No, "my friend", you have it backwards. MCCAIN is TRYING to play everyone for fools and he will NOT get away with it. It doesn't matter what the polls show now, the early voting in most states has already put McCain into the ground and everything else is just academic. How is your financial life right now? I know you would lie on this blog but you and I both know you are hurting at the pump and grocery store but you're too ignorant to remember it.

    October 30, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Jason

    Americans - If you google “if the world could vote” you will find a site that allows people from all over the world cast their “vote” for the next president of the United States of America.

    Out of almost 600000 people 86.8% voted for Obama.
    Harvard Business School and the Institute for Innovation and Improvement … (just to name a few) agree that a very effective means of solving problems is to use the “fresh eyes” approach.

    Sometimes we don’t see the forest when we are in the trees.

    October 30, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Broken Voting System

    This is exactly why our voting system is a joke! People who have a right to vote should be able to vote wherever they are in the nation. If I'm traveling in a different state, I should be able to vote in that state. Screw the politics in politics! I'm a U.S. citizen and I have a right to vote!

    October 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Rob

    Happily, I already voted, for Obama.

    October 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. AC, Atlanta

    So now Bill Ayers' is dedicating books to RFK killer Sirhan Sirhan?
    I saw it for myself.

    Bring on my ballot!

    Nobama and no to his Creepy Friends!

    October 30, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Tiff of lithia springs

    Why are these people not ready? They have known about this election for months. This is so ridiculus. We need to come up with a better system. We may need some quality control from the Federal level. Some of the states act like they can't handle it.

    October 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Every other western democracy can run a fair, fraud proof election...what is wrong with America...to fear in a "democracy" that your vote may not count , machines may not work, lack of a paper trail, partisan control,that long lines will turn away voters and that there will be intimidation, voters illegally striken from the registration lists and votes not counted shatters the whole premise behind democracy!!

    And yet America likes to proclaim it's the "greatest" deomcracy on earth!!

    October 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Debi

    Military members may or may not get there absentee ballots on time..... depending on where they are stationed.
    Outside the US...maybe not at all

    October 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Mike-WA

    In states like Colorado where the race is a few percentage points difference, the Republican Church Party will make sure the election is fixed. Their corruption is their strength.

    October 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |

    the republicans, mcbush, papa smurff( mccain) and palin , rove, limbaugh hennety are hard at work

    watch CNN they already gave the election to papa smurf, even so all the polls say that Obama leads

    so now CNN is really out there working for the republicans
    since they can not scare us with other tactics

    CNN is doing their job.

    October 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. From the North



    October 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. jm from sc

    KG, don't worry about being played for a fool, if you are supporting McCain and Palin, you already a fool.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |

    VOTE. . . . . .

    OR ELSE. . . . .(heh)

    October 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. eugene

    How can Mccain win this,the media knows this race is over,i just went back in looked at the demographics for 2004,Bush beat Kerry by 18pts with the white vote,Bush also got 45% of the latino vote,Bush also got 11% of the black vote,in 4 years ago the minority vote was 23% of the vote,in Bush just really squeaked by by only 2,5%,now look at this election,Mccain is only beating Obama by 6% with the white vote,Mccain is only getting 25% of the latino vote,Mccain is only getting 2% of the black vote,and the minority vote will be 28% this election,which means Mccain do not have a prayer of winning this election,Mccain will have to beat Obama by 23% with the white vote,but right now as of today its not even close,people this race is over,by my projection because of the demographics Obama should win this by 10% in that is being kind,the Republicans will not be able to steal this election because the vote will be so big for Obama,it will be impossible for them to do it without the media noticing it.

    October 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Shameka

    I wonder how many registrations Acorn has recently submitted with Joe the plumber registered as a democrat.

    October 30, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    Get out the Vote for Obama. Republicans, please vote for Obama and take your party back to sanity next time.

    October 30, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Audacity

    Meh, its early voting to catch these type of situations. Its not too big a deal. But remember, we all still have work to do and get out to vote. Don't get complacent, power never concedes without a fight, but its a fight we have to win.

    Vote Obama/Biden '08, say no to McSame and Failin!

    October 30, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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