UPDATE: Ballot error found as early voting gets underway

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UPDATE: Early voting is already underway in Texas and in Wichita County, the election office is dealing with how to handle a ballot error in one precinct.

Monday, we told you that the district five council race was completely left off the ballot for 29 voters for precinct 201.

Tuesday, the Wichita County Clerk’s Office says the 29 voters impacted by this error won’t be able to re-cast their ballots.

For now, officials say voters in Precinct 201 will be voting on an identical ballots from another precinct.

District five covers the northern part of Wichita Falls, plus Sheppard Air Force Base and City View.

We reached out to the candidates in this race for comment.

Current District Five City Councilor Mitesh Desai called the error “unfortunate,” but said he’s glad it could be corrected immediately.

Chris Reitsma, who owns Point Blank CHL Firearms Training, said he doesn’t think the error will affect him.

Meanwhile, Steve Jackson, a former aircraft mechanic at Sheppard, said he has contacted an attorney and the Texas Secretary of State’s Office to look at his options, adding he was considering asking for a re-vote because of this ballot mistake.

Early voting opened today in Texas for midterm elections and the Wichita Falls City Clerk’s Office is already reporting a ballot error.

According to City Clerk Marie Balthrop, the district five council race was completely left off the ballot for 29 voters for precinct 201.

The district five race includes current City Councilor Mitesh Desai and his two challengers, Steve Jackson and Chris Reitsma.

The Wichita County election office is in contact with the office of the Texas Secretary of State in order to figure out how to fix the issue for the 29 people who already voted.

In the meantime, a remedy is in place for anyone who votes in precinct 201.

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