Voters told to vote in two different places; county working to fix error

This map provided by the Douglas County Clerk's Office shows voting precinct 77 on the eastern edge of Lawrence.

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office is working to correct a mistake made in a mailing to registered voters in one of Lawrence’s newest precincts.

County Clerk Jamie Shew said Minuteman Press, a vendor the office uses to mail voter information, wrongly sent two notifications informing voters in the newly created Precinct 77 of where they should vote in the August primary and November general election. One of the notifications was correct and directed voters in the southeast Lawrence precinct to vote at the new meeting hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. A second letter, however, directed those same voters to vote in northern Lawrence at the Comfort Inn and Suites, at 151 McDonald Drive; that site is the polling place for voters of Precinct 5.

“I was extremely displeased when I learned this had occurred,” Shew said. “We’re doing everything we can to make it correct. The vendor has been very receptive. They have been very helpful in helping correct this.”

Shew said the vendor sent out at its expense a third letter to Precinct 77 registered voters, informing them of the mistake and confirming the fairgrounds was the correct polling place.

That won’t be the last mailing voters of the precinct will receive from the clerk’s office before the Aug. 2 primary, Shew said. His office will send the precinct’s registered voters new voter registration cards before the primary, as it does with all registered county voters whose polling place has changed since the last election. The clerk’s office will follow up with two postcards to voters in the precinct with information on the fairgrounds’ polling location, he said.

“We try to have multiple contacts with voters right up to the election,” he said.