Glitch forces special ballot for Touchet Water District voters

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WALLA WALLA -- A voter registration glitch will mean that 108 voters in the Touchet Water District will soon receive a special ballot.

The water district has one seat on its board of directors up for election in the Nov. 3 general election. Only one candidate, Kevin Kromm, filed for the position and all ballots sent to voters in the district should have had the race with Kromm's name printed on them.

However, due to an error caused by a switch to a new voter registration system in August, 108 ballots sent to voters in the water district did not have the director's race listed, said County Auditor Karen Martin. The mistake was discovered when a voter in the district saw the race was missing on the ballot and called the Auditor's Office.

After determining which voters did not get a proper ballot, special ones were created and will be mailed today, Martin said. Postage-paid envelopes will be included in an effort to ensure the ballots are returned in time.

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