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Alabama: human error mars election in 2 counties

The Mobile Press-Register reports on election-day problems: Mobile County election officials said they would in the future put extra emphasis on giving voters the correct ballots after a problem at a voting precinct Tuesday.

At the First Independent Methodist Church on Halls Mill Road, election workers may not have given the right ballot to as many as 44 people who voted in the Democratic primary, Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis said.

The church is in a split precinct, meaning voters there live in different school board districts, for example. -- Officials will try to correct voting error- al.com

After learning of ballot problems at two precincts, Baldwin County Republican Party leaders will meet soon to decide whether to redo voting for the entire school board District 5 race or just at those polling sites, the local GOP chairman said Wednesday.

Probate Judge Adrian Johns said 142 total Republican voters in the Foley Civic Center and Magnolia Springs Wesleyan Church polling places didn't receive the ballot with that race on it. That includes 55 voters at precinct No. 36 in Magnolia Springs and 87 voters at precinct No. 38 in Foley, he said.

Because that is more than the 65-vote margin of victory by Angie Swiger over incumbent Margaret Long, some or all of the voting should take place again, said county Re publican Party Chairman Don McGriff. -- School board race likely headed for redo

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