MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) — The Olathe Fire District election is fast approaching but this year a small error in the Montrose County Clerk’s office, resulted in nearly 100 ballots being mailed to ineligible voters barely old enough to drive.
The election affects about 46 hundred people in Olathe who were automatically registered to vote when they got their driver’s license or other government registration.
Because 16 and 17-year-olds also get licensed they are added to the voter registry but are only allowed to cast a vote if they turn 18 before the election day. Clerk Guynes claims a voting tech at the Montrose County Clerk and Recorder’s office sent the wrong list.
Guynes says the mistake was discovered and corrected. She says even if they received ballots about 90 teens in Olathe still can’t cast their vote in this election, the minors are encouraged to destroy the ballots, but if they are sent Guynes says they won’t be counted.
The Olathe clerk and recorder’s office has apologized for the mistake and taken steps to prevent it from happening again.