Ten thousand voters in Missouri received false information about the deadline for casting an absentee ballot after the Missouri Republican Party sent mailers noting an incorrect date, according to The Kansas City Star.
The party’s executive director, Ray Bozarth, said Friday that the mistake was due to a miscommunication between the party and its vendor, though he neglected to elaborate on the nature of the mistake.
> A photo of the mailer provided to the Star shows a red bar across the top that says “urgent notice” in all capital letters and encourages voters to return their mail-in ballots “today.”
> It also says, ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, which is not the case. Ballots are due on election day, Nov. 6, and requests for mail-in ballots aren’t due until Wednesday, Oct. 31.
According to Bozarth, the mailers were an element of the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts, and those who received them — which he characterized as likely Republican voters — would receive another mailer correcting the information “very soon”.
> Voters who receive mailers and believe incorrectly that the deadline to vote absentee has passed could miss out on the opportunity.
> Asked if he was concerned some voters might not vote as a result of the confusion, he said he was “very confident in the Missouri Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote effort.”