Pick up absentee ballots at Slayton House


Wilde Lake village officials are asking residents expecting to receive mailed absentee ballots to come to Slayton House, the village association headquarters, and pick them up instead.

The bulk mail of roughly 2,800 absentee ballots, mailed late last month, have not been accounted for, said Bernice Kish, the village manager. She said the post office is trying to trace the mailed ballots.

Wilde Lake elections are scheduled for April 22. Kish said the absentee ballots have to be signed by residents and returned by the election date. But when it became apparent that the absentee ballots were missing, village association officials decided to ask residents to come to Slayton House and pick them up.

This year's election for Columbia Council and village board positions are contested, which generally means a larger turnout, Kish said. During the contested election of 2001, 241 absentee ballots were signed and returned.

When asked if the loss of the absentee ballots would affect this year's election, Kish said it would be up to the candidates to remind residents to vote at the polls or pick up an absentee ballot.

Columbia's other villages reported no incidents of lost bulk mailed absentee ballots.

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