Absentee ballot error may affect some Henrico voters

Impacted voters are being contacted by Voter Registration and Elections Office

 The Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office is working to contact voters in eight precincts in western Henrico who may have been sent inadvertently an absentee mail-in ballot for the incorrect Virginia House of Delegates district.

General Registrar Mark Coakley said the mistake was the result of a clerical error that occurred in the process of assembling the absentee ballots by hand. The Voter Registration and Elections Office was alerted to the error by a handful of voters who noticed they had been sent incorrect ballots, he said.

“We regret this error and apologize for any confusion it causes for Henrico voters,” Coakley said. “The Voter Registration and Elections Office is working to contact our voters who have been impacted and to correct this mistake as quickly as possible.”

Some voters in the 56th House District incorrectly were sent a ballot for the 68th House District. The error potentially could affect 1,409 voters in the 56th House District who previously requested absentee mail-in ballots. The ballots were mailed to voters beginning Sept. 17; through Thursday, Sept. 30, 186 had been completed and returned.

Coakley noted that an exact number of incorrect ballots that were mailed is not known, although it is limited to the eight Henrico precincts in the 56th House District.

Affected voters will be notified by mail next week and will be sent a sample ballot with the correct Virginia House District. If the sample does not match the ballot previously received, voters should not complete the ballot but rather should contact the Voter Registration and Elections Office at (804) 501-4347 about obtaining a correct ballot, Coakley said.

Affected voters who have already completed and returned their ballots are asked to contact Voter Registration and Elections.

Sample ballots for the 56th and 68th districts also are available online at henrico.us/registrar.  

Precincts whose voters may have received an incorrect ballot are:

  • 301 Causeway, Gayton Baptist Church                                  
  • 305 Nuckols Farm, Nuckols Farm Elementary School              
  • 308 Rivers Edge, Rivers Edge Elementary School           
  • 309 Sadler, Deep Run High School                                   
  • 310 Shady Grove, Shady Grove Elementary School               
  • 311 Short Pump, Short Pump Middle School   
  • 316 Colonial Trail, Colonial Trail Elementary School               
  • 419 West End, Gayton Elementary School   

Voters with questions can contact Henrico Voter Registration and Elections at [email protected] and (804) 501-4347.

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