Commission finds some Fayetteville voters assigned to wrong zone

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Washington County Election Commission recently learned 946 voters who are eligible to vote in the School Board election had mistakenly been listed as voters in Zone 2.

The error dates back at least to 2011 when the county had new election boundaries drawn to reflect population changes from the 2010 U.S. Census, according to Jennifer Price, the county's election coordinator. A voter had been reviewing their information in the Voter View system and saw they were assigned to Zone 2, but maps of the zones indicated they live in Zone 5, she said.

The voter who raised the question lives on Fourth Street, which is broken into several sections in Fayetteville, including some in Zone 2. When the maps were drawn, all of the Fourth Street residences apparently were assigned to that zone, Price said.

Zone 5 has had one contested race since 2010. Tim Hudson, the Zone 5 incumbent running for his fourth term this month, won his last re-election campaign in 2014, beating challenger Tim Hollis 144 (73%) to 53 (27%).

Price told the Election Commission on Friday no absentee ballots have been requested in the Zone 5 contest. Early voting begins Tuesday.

Tablets used to check in voters have been reprogrammed to provide the correct information for this election.

NW News on 05/12/2019