Long Reach extends election due to mishap with absentee ballots

The Village of Long Reach will add an extra voting day and extend the deadline for absentee ballots for the Columbia Council and village elections after mailing of blank absentee ballots to residents was delayed.

According to Long Reach Board of Elections Chair Karen Hitcho, the deadline for absentee ballots has been extended to Friday, April 26 and the walk-in polls, housed at Stonehouse, will reopen on Saturday, April 27.

Hitcho said the village customarily distribute absentee ballots by mail to all village residents two weeks before the election date, which is scheduled for April 20.

Hitcho estimated most of the residents received their absentee ballots on Monday.

"We are trying to make the best of a bad situation, but I think we will have everything covered," Hitcho said.

Hitcho attributed the mishap to "a series of errors" committed by the post office and the printer.

On both April 20 and April 27, polls will be open at Stonehouse located in the Long Reach Village Center from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. 

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