Absentee vote mix up has Charlotte man concerned

Absentee vote mix up has Charlotte man concerned

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 6:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In every election there are always concerns about voter fraud and suppression. That has some voters worried that even minor issues could prevent them from casting a ballot.

Grant Deloash, 75, has voted in every presidential election since Dwight D. Eisenhower, but he says he has never voted absentee.

"It was shocking and surprising," Deloash said after he couldn’t believe it when he got an absentee ballot in the mail, a ballot he never requested or signed for.

The retired truck driver says he is now worried that he won’t be able to vote.

"Had to be a mix up.  I go to the polls, I do it the old fashioned way," said Deloash.

NBC Charlotte talked to Michael Dickerson, the head of the Board of Elections.  He says this is a rare case, but nothing that would stop Deloash from exercising his constitutional right.

“No, no not unless it is properly executed.  The only way we mark your ballot is if you properly execute it and if he has not properly executed a ballot by sending it in to me he has not voted," said Dickerson.

Dickerson also said he is not aware of absentee ballots being sent out accidentally, but the same rule applies.  As long as they are not mailed in you can go to your polling place and vote.

"Whichever way I go, I want to vote.  I want mine to count," said Deloash.
 

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