The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections issued a correction on Tuesday, notifying Precinct 51 voters that incorrect ballots had been sent.
A press release said 896 voters received faulty vote-by-mail ballots that included the race for State House District 22 even though the precinct is within District 10. Because only one candidate, Chuck Brannan, qualified for District 10, the state house race will not appear on ballots in the area.
The elections office said it will send corrected ballots by the start of next week and ensure that no incorrect ballots affect the final vote.
“I want to be very clear,” Kim Barton, supervisor of elections, said in a press release. “No votes from Precinct 51 will be counted in the contest for House District 22. We found this mistake early and are notifying voters to ensure that they have plenty of time to cast their corrected ballot before the deadline, which is 7 p.m. on Election Day, August 23.”
Barton said the office found the mistake after combing through all precinct ballots after finding a mistake on 970 ballots mailed to voters in Precinct 27. The elections office notified the public of that error earlier this week.
The Precinct 27 ballots failed to include the mayoral race for the City of Gainesville along with the city’s District 4 race between Bryan Eastman and Christian Newman.
The elections office said voters with the incorrect ballot should not send them in. Instead, wait for the corrected ballot to arrive, fill it out and send the corrected ballot.