USD 418 BOE focusing past ballot errors

By Chris Swick
June 09, 2015

The USD 418 Board of Education discussed the Local Option Budget mail-in ballots during Monday night's meeting.

Specifically, Superintendent Dr. Randy Watson touched on the misprint on the ballots sent out to registered McPherson voters last week. The ballots stated the board was looking to raise the LOB two percent, when, in actuality, the increase would be three percent if approved.

The ballots mailed out last week also included conflicting information as to when it was to be returned to the McPherson County Clerk's office. The front of the envelope was printed with 7 p.m. June 23, while the back said noon on that date. The clerk will accept the ballots until the 7 p.m. time.

Watson said the district administration is trying not to focus on the mix-up on the ballots.

“It's over, it's done,” Watson said. “The focus right now needs to be on that we need you to vote and it needs to be done in a way that gets in by [June 23].”

A press release issued Friday by McPherson County Counselor Brian Bina says that the McPherson County Clerk's office will still accept those incorrect ballots and asks voters to not discard their ballot. A letter explaining the situation should be arriving to registered USD 418 voters in the next day or so.

If you have thrown out or otherwise destroyed your original ballot, you may request a new one through the county clerk's office.