Killeen: Botched Voter Registration Card Sent to Local Woman, Voter Registration Office Investigating

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email

KILLEEN (October 16, 2012) - Election Day is three weeks away, but a Central Texas woman says her right to vote was threatened because of an error made in a local voting office.

Registering to vote is something U.S. Presidential candidates push now more than anything. So when Killeen resident Shawndreese Bryant learned she hadn't registered, she got on the ball.

"I wanted to hurry out and make sure I got it done," Bryant said.

"A lot of young adults my age don't even get out and vote."

Bryant says she registered to vote on October 9th, it was the last day you could in Texas.

But when her voter registration card arrived, something looked wrong.

"The valid date for my card was dated two days after the election," Bryant said.

Election day is November 6th, but according to Bryant's card she can't vote until two days after it.

Needles to say, she panicked.

"You know at the end of the night when they show all the numbers? Just looking at the screen or reading the numbers knowing that my number wouldn't be counted would have been very disappointing," Bryant said.

When News 10 called the Bell County Voter Registration Office, they said Bryant was able to vote. They then said a data entry error caused the misprint on Bryant's card.

They mailed Bryant a new voter card today.

"I am so glad I got this fixed and I'm very excited I can vote on November 6th now," Bryant exclaimed.

The Bell County Voter Registration Office says this was an isolated incident, and think no other cards have been affected.

But Bryant thinks she's not the only one.

"I just want to create awareness for people to take a look at their card, so they make sure it's correct and get it taken care of before its too late,"

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