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Woman who shares same name as another voted under wrong name, registrar corrects issue

4 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, October 04 2019 Oct 4, 2019 October 04, 2019 2:00 PM October 04, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - An investigation by the parish registrar found a woman from Zachary who shares the exact same name as another woman was given the other woman's ballot while early voting this week.

WBRZ first reported the issue Thursday.  Friday, the registrar's office said it was able to isolate the ballot, cancel the vote and allow the woman to vote in the correct election assigned to her name.

Thursday, WBRZ reported Shelby Guidry voted on the proposed City of St. George item along with a judgeship election.  Neither were in her voting area, though.

It turned out, there is another Shelby Guidry and the woman who voted early was given the wrong ballot.

The registrar's office said it was a mistake and spent Thursday evening and Friday correcting the issue.

"I went through the entire process and as things were presented, I cast a vote for each of those sections," Guidry told WBRZ Thursday.

Incorporation spokesperson Andrew Murrell says he's heard some residents living in the proposed area of the new city, claiming they did not see the proposition on their ballots.

"I believe they are trying to work through that with the Registrar of Voters Office," Murrell said.

Election officials say poll workers will ensure the machines show the correct ballot on the screen. It's something done in all elections, and this time it's especially critical.

The EBR Registrar of Voters Office says polls workers will be stationed at every precinct to assist voters who need help.

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