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Dave Olson, Published July 13 2012

Wrong polling site information sent to some 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 in response to redistricting, which affected many precincts in the city.

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

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

Shannon Morin, deputy Clay County auditor, said officials haven’t pinpointed where the problem occurred. Efforts are focused on getting corrected cards sent out, she said.

Morin said residents who received an erroneous card should receive a corrected one within a week or two.

She estimated fewer than than 5 percent of the postcards sent out contained wrong information.

More than 20,000 cards were mailed out.

The next election in Moorhead and Clay County is the state primary set for Aug. 14. The ballot contains a number of county offices, including the entire Clay County Commission.

Only two commission seats, District 2 and District 3, are contested, with five candidates vying for the District 2 seat, all of them newcomers, and four candidates running for the District 3 seat, including incumbent Jon Evert.

Jerry Waller, who now represents District 2, did not file for re-election. Those running for the position are Jay Buchfink, Traci Goble, Frank Gross, Ken Parke and John Young Jr.

The three challenging Evert are Greg Anderson, Duane Hansen and Gary L. Peterson.

Anyone with questions about whether information on their polling site postcard is correct can go to the polling place finder on the city’s website at www.cityofmoorhead.com/voting.

Morin said information on the website is correct.


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