Maryland's Board of Elections has acknowledged sending out some incomplete absentee ballots and some with incorrect address information, but officials say both problems were limited in scope and have been resolved.
A handful of voters in Montgomery and Prince George's counties received ballots that did not include a page with some of the state's controversial referendum questions — including whether to allow same-sex marriage, expand gambling and extend in-state tuition discounts to some illegal immigrants.
Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator at the State Board of Elections, said about 15 people have called the board complaining about the missing page — and all have been issued new ballots.
"We don't have any reason to believe it is a wider issue than that," Goldstein said. "There is no evidence that it is a widespread problem."
People who are missing a second page on their ballots should call 1-800-222-8683 to request a new ballot, he said.
Goldstein said the board also plans to check ballots that are returned to the state to be sure all the pages are included.
Separately, he said, a technical issue with address information printed on about 10,000 ballots caused delivery delays, and the state board decided to resend ballots. The move means thousands of voters will eventually receive two ballots.
But though some voters will receive multiple ballots, Goldstein said people would not be able to vote more than once. He said each ballot contains a unique bar code that is matched with a voter when it is returned to the board of elections, preventing a voter from being counted twice. "There is no issue here of people attempting to vote twice," he said.
This year absentee ballots were prepared by Runbeck Election Services of Tempe, Ariz., after a competitive bidding process. Goldstein said the company is qualified to handle the statewide mailing.