May 18th, 2010
04:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Voting snafu snags Lincoln

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Blanche Lincoln was able to cast a provisional ballot Tuesday."]
(CNN) – Politicians can usually count on at least one vote on Election Day: their own.

But Sen. Blanche Lincoln ran into a bit of trouble Tuesday in Arkansas.

During the Election Day rite-of-passage photo opportunity in which candidates cast a vote – presumably for themselves – Lincoln hit a snag. The candidate was asked to produce her driver's license and voter ID card before voting at a polling station in Little Rock, because records indicated she had already voted absentee.

Lincoln's campaign staff was aware of the problem, and the candidate was allowed to fill out a provisional ballot.

Lincoln said she typically votes absentee, but notified officials last month she intended to vote in person for this election - but voter rolls were not updated to reflect the request.

"We normally do this, you have to just fill out a form to ensure that they know that you haven't voted twice," Lincoln told reporters after being allowed to vote using a provisional ballot.

According to Kent Walker, Chairman of the Pulaski County Election Commission, Lincoln's provisional ballot will be verified by the county clerk's office within the next 1-2 days, but won't be certified officially with all the election returns until 10 days after the primary - when all the results become official.

Walker said his office reviewed the issue and Sen. Lincoln did file for absentee ballots for all elections this year, something that is common among military families and individuals who believe they may be out of state on Election Day.

Lincoln is locked in a tight primary battle with Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter and will need to defeat him in Tuesday's Democratic primary before moving on to the general election.

–CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Blanche Lincoln • Popular Posts
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. doug

    I am laughing so hard that I can't comment on this. She is so important and had to show ID.

    May 18, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    My husband and I voted for Halter this morning. Good luck, Bill and we hope tonight will be a good night for celebrating.

    May 18, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Dar

    Almost blew that vote off. Hopefully it wont matter, you need to go with the rest of the bums currently in office

    May 18, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I knew Blanche was getting desperate, but desperate enough to give herself two votes? Wow! Of course, considering her willingness to take bribes, maybe I shouldn't be surprised...

    May 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Trying to vote twice but got caught. Only a democrat would do that...

    May 18, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    Beat her HALTER!!!! GO HALTER!!!

    May 18, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Geoff

    @ willy only a politician would do that regardless of their party affiliation...

    May 18, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Derf

    Believe me Willy Brown, this is a Democrat most do NOT want in their own party.

    May 18, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Some republican guy

    I want to see her birth certificate!!!!!!! Have a nice day!

    May 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Josue Tamarez

    Bill will win. This woman is too conservative. We need a real Democrat!!! A real liberal!!!

    May 18, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. BillE

    At least she didn't have a wide stance in the booth. Only the GOP does that

    May 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Frank, Xenia, Ohio

    Doug, you are not being fair. In my state at least, voteres have to show ID before they can vote. It's always ironic to me that I have to show ID to the same poll worker that I have known on a first name basis for more than 20 years. But, to her, there are no exceptions and if I don't have a photo ID I can't vote.

    May 18, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Outraged

    Voting fraud caught. Another Dem-o RAT bites the dust.
    Their "friends" (fellow RATS" will ALWAYS have an explanation

    Vote the incumbents out.
    Besides one fraud vote is NOT gonna keep this AND ANY INCUMBENT in office.
    They've been caught and sentenced.

    The train is comin; fir the rest of em'

    May 18, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Lets see here. She had to show her papers? i guess that woud be racial profiling, eh liberals?

    May 18, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Rick

    another LIEING politician

    May 18, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. stevegee

    Just like a politician ... vote early, and vote often! But it won't help you anyway - Bye-bye Bailout Blanche!

    May 18, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. File under "Sarcasm"

    At least she was able to remember where her polling place was.

    May 18, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Shalom

    She trying to get all the votes she can, even if that means voting twice.

    May 18, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. File under "Sarcasm"

    So she only shows up at the polls when she needs a photo-op in a tight race.

    May 18, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Big Al In SC

    As the libs ay on election day – Vote early and vote often!

    May 18, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Steve51

    Evidently it is a slow news day. I have run into the same circumstance. In the 21st century you would think that voter rolls could be updated faster then a few months.

    May 18, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Dean

    Asked for an id!!! Maybe we should boycott the nazi state of Arkansas.

    May 18, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Walter

    So maybe its time to simplify and modernize our voting system a little bit?

    May 18, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Chuck Anaheim,Ca.

    What happened? Did she forget to get the brain cell she shares with sarah palin?

    May 18, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. stormerF

    Wow a Democrat who wants to vote twice for themself? Unable to produce proper ID,Maybe she is using a dead persons name for the absentee vote?

    May 18, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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