As of 9 a.m., the Haywood County Board of Elections has received about 6,200 requests for absentee ballots and 1,150 ballots that had been completed and returned.

Haywood County Board of Elections Director Robbie Inman said ballot requests are steady, but now the marked ballots themselves are pouring in.

The most common concern among citizens and voters has been the inordinate amount of ballot request forms they’ve been receiving from third parties that have no connection to the board of elections, Inman emphasized. Many voters don’t understand that third-party organizations send the ballot request forms out en masse on behalf of groups on both sides of the aisle, he said.

“We’re still getting hundreds of phone calls and people coming in in-person who are upset because of these absentee ballot request forms,” he said.

Another problem elections officials have begun encountering is forms that are not properly filled out, including a handful of ballots. Inman wanted to make sure people were aware of the proper way to fill out a ballot to ensure there is no confusion.

“They should allow a dedicated amount of time to actually review everything,” he said. “Carefully remove your ballot, carefully read over the instructions, and by all means, use the correct device, which is a simple ballpoint ink pen, black. That is all that’s expected of you; just take a little extra time and be careful and deliberate.”

Check out Wednesday’s edition of the Mountaineer for a look at how improperly filled out ballots may be handled.

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