Absentee ballot applications cause confusion to both parties

Absentee ballot applications cause confusion to both parties

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - As we get closer to election day this fall, folks in Vanderburgh County say they have been receiving absentee ballot applications in the mail.

The clerk’s office says it has caused a little bit of confusion.

Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden says they have received several phone calls from voters wondering why they received these applications in the mail.

The reality is, they are not coming from the Election office.

Hayden says they are being sent out by the Democrat and Republican parties, and they are allowed to do that.

However, many folks are calling in to Hayden’s office thinking that this is official election mail. Some even think they are actual ballots.

“Those are the things and confusion it has. It’s just a piece of mail. You can use it, not use it. You can throw it away. If you fill it out, you can mail it back in. We can send you a ballot. If you send in three or four of them, we’ll only send you one ballot,” said Hayden.

Hayden says the election office sends absentee ballot applications out by mail only by personal request.

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