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Dave Olson, Published July 13 2012

Clay County officials sorting out erroneous polling site postcards in Moorhead

MOORHEAD – Clay County official plan to send out corrected notices after postcards were sent to some Moorhead residents informing them of the wrong locations for where they should vote in the August election.

The postcards arrived in mailboxes this past week. Since then, the county and the city of Moorhead have received phone calls questioning some of the polling sites, said Jill Wenger, Moorhead city clerk.

Wenger said the cards were sent out as part of the redistricting process in Moorhead.

She said redistricting information was sent from the city to the county and the county sent the information to the state, which sent out the postcards.

Wenger said it is believed errors occurred somewhere in the transmission of the information from the county to the state.

Shannon Morin, deputy Clay County auditor, said the county hasn't pinpointed where the problem occurred. She said efforts are focused on getting corrected cards sent out.

She expects residents who received erroneous cards to have a corrected one within a week and a half.

Morin estimated fewer than 5 percent of the cards sent out contained wrong information.

She said more than 20,000 cards were mailed out.

The next election in Moorhead is a primary election on Aug. 14. It will feature a number of races, including races for two seats on the Clay County Commission.

Anyone who wants to check the accuracy of the information on their postcard can go to the city’s website at www.cityofmoorhead.com and click on the polling place finder.

Information on the website is correct, according to Morin.