Inaccurate spelling of information on ballots could cost voters their vote


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For the first time in presidential election history, a spelling error could cost you your vote.

The 2016 election will be the first presidential election, where the state is enforcing a law, requiring voters to accurately fill out their personal information on their ballot or it won’t be counted.

Included in every absentee ballot is an ID envelope where voters must fill out personal information like their address and birthday.

Instead, they will send you a form asking you to correct the information in order for your vote to count.

52,000 absentee ballots have been sent out in Montgomery County.

So far, ballots from at least 300 voters won’t be counted unless their information is corrected by election day.

To find out if your ballot has been approved to be counted, click on the “tracking my ballot” link on Montgomery County’s Board of Election’s website.

Board of Election’s Director Jan Kelly says her office is now in contact with those 300 voters.

“We’ve sent them letters. Usually, we get them back and sometimes we have to send a second letter to remind them. And then when we get those letters back we attach it to their file and count their vote,” said Jan Kelly with the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Absentee ballots must be post-marked by the day before the election or turned in here at the Montgomery County Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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