A press release from Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John raises concerns about how well Beth White's office will conduct this election. John claimed complaints had been pouring into GOP headquarters over the past several weeks. Those complaints included:
- Voters receiving absentee ballots for incorrect council districts and precincts.
- Poll workers being trained without voting machines present.
- Poll workers receiving numerous, confusing changes in Election Day assignments.
- White has reported to the Media that Republican mayoral Candidate Greg Ballard has already voted absentee. Upon checking with White’s office, neither Ballard nor his son, Greg Ballard, Jr., has voted yet.
“We are concerned about these stories that indicate Beth White and her office are unprepared for the election,” John said. “ That is why the GOP offered nearly 200 names of potential poll workers to ensure polls would open on time, something that did not happen in May.”
Why would White tell the media Greg Ballard had voted absentee when he hasn't? I'm particularly concerned about absentee voters being sent the wrong election ballots. We're looking at the prospect of at least six close council races tomorrow. Those kinds of mistakes can make the difference in the outcome of the race.
John has several suggestions to voters. He recommends voters vote earlier in the day rather than later. If you arrive at a polling location that isn’t opened, call Marion County GOP headquarters at 317-635-8881. Voters should report any voting irregularities to GOP Headquarters at 317-635-8881.
UPDATE: On the report that Beth White told reporters Greg Ballard had already voted absentee, this is what I've learned. A reporter from WTHR contacted MCRCC this morning to confirm news the reporter had received from Beth White indicating Ballard had already voted absentee. MCRCC knew Ballard planned to vote in his Pike Township precinct tomorrow morning. MCRCC advised Ballard of the report. He personally went to the clerk's office and confirmed there were no records showing either he or his son, Greg, Jr., had voted absentee. It remains unclear why White told the WTHR reporter what she did. WTHR has no mention of this on its website. I would note that WTHR's Kevin Rader questioned Ballard yesterday morning during a live interview about one election he missed voting in four years ago. I can't confirm he was the same reporter who inquired about the erroneous report from White that he had voted absentee in this year's election.