Misdirected Mail-In Ballots Spark Election Day Concerns - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Misdirected Mail-In Ballots Spark Election Day Concerns

Posted: Updated:
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Ensuring the integrity of Tuesday night's election in Nueces County is one of the main responsibilities of the District Clerk's Office at the Nueces County Courthouse.

However, for a while on Monday, Republicans in Nueces County raised concerns that a clerical mistake at the Clerk's Office would result in hundreds, even thousands, of mail-in ballots not being counted.

Someone noticed the return labels had the wrong address printed on them, but it turns out, there were a lot fewer of those bad labels than first thought.

There were only ten return envelopes in question, according to Nueces County Clerk Diana Barrera. It's an issue she says had been addressed long before this came to light on Friday.

It all started last fall, when the county leased out its election equipment to a union out at the base.

"We had provided this group with ten of these kits in the event they had mail-in ballots, and I guess they had placed their label on this," Barrera said.

The ten envelopes with the wrong return addresses were from an employee union out at the Naval Air Station. The mistake was discovered, and the County Clerk alerted the post office and the union to be on the lookout for any mislabeled envelopes.

On Friday, an email was sent out to registered Republicans, letting them know of the mistake. That email started a flurry of speculation of possible wrongdoing, which was quickly cleared up by a massive callout advising Republicans of options available to them, including going to the polls on election day; but once it became clear that the misdirected mail-in ballots would be directed to the Courthouse, the County Clerk and the Republican Party breathed a sigh of relief.

"Anything shows that has its official mail, everything is making its way over to us," Barrera said. "We have seen some that don't even have a stamp. Some that have one and might have required two, so everything is making its way over to us if a voter sent it over to us."

"We initiated robo-calls to all Republican voters advising them there might be a problem with that envelope," said Tom Knight, the Republican Party ballot security coordinator. "Check with the county to see if your vote has been received, and if it hasn't, go vote on election day."

Officials at the Republican headquarters said they understood that this was a clerical mistake, and that while each vote is important, they are focusing on election day Tuesday.

  • Update: 5 Workers Arrested During Banquete Game Room Bust

    Update: 5 Workers Arrested During Banquete Game Room Bust

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:00:15 GMT
    Another game room bust, this one happening in Banquete late Friday night. The Nueces County Sheriff's Office raided two game rooms and both of them were packed with players. The sheriff's office had under cover officers look into two game rooms, one in Banquete and the other just south of Robstown. Not only is it alleged that the game room paying out money, but the game room in Banquete was also a fire trap since there was only one way in and one way out. The Banquete game room had been ...More >>
    Another game room bust, this one happening in Banquete late Friday night. The Nueces County Sheriff's Office raided two game rooms and both of them were packed with players. The sheriff's office had under cover officers look into two game rooms, one in Banquete and the other just south of Robstown. Not only is it alleged that the game room paying out money, but the game room in Banquete was also a fire trap since there was only one way in and one way out. The Banquete game room had been ...More >>
  • Residents Startled by Gun Fire

    Residents Startled by Gun Fire

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:45:09 GMT
    Residents woke up to the sound of gun shots in one westside neighborhood Saturday morning. The incident happened just before 2:30 Saturday morning at a home near the intersection of Cortez and Baldwin Boulevard. Police later told 3 News that one man was arrested, but only for public intoxication. Police say the man put up a struggle with officers.More >>
    Residents woke up to the sound of gun shots in one westside neighborhood Saturday morning. The incident happened just before 2:30 Saturday morning at a home near the intersection of Cortez and Baldwin Boulevard. Police later told 3 News that one man was arrested, but only for public intoxication. Police say the man put up a struggle with officers.More >>
  • Car Crashes and Catches Fire

    Car Crashes and Catches Fire

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:30:09 GMT
    A driver loses control and crashes in between two barriers under the freeway. It happened at the Greenwood turn around and SPID earlier Saturday afternoon. CCPD says that the driver was speeding when he made the turn and lost control, getting stuck between the two barriers. Police say the impact caused the car to catch fire. The driver was not injured. He was given a ticket and the car will be impounded, that's because the driver did not have insurance.More >>
    A driver loses control and crashes in between two barriers under the freeway. It happened at the Greenwood turn around and SPID earlier Saturday afternoon. CCPD says that the driver was speeding when he made the turn and lost control, getting stuck between the two barriers. Police say the impact caused the car to catch fire. The driver was not injured. He was given a ticket and the car will be impounded, that's because the driver did not have insurance.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.