The Missouri Republican Party has said a miscommunication resulted in 10,000 voters across the state receiving a mailer with false information about due dates for absentee ballots.
Beneath the title “URGENT NOTICE,” the mailer incorrectly advised that absentee ballots must be returned no later than Oct. 30.
In reality, the deadline for voters to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 31 – the day after the mailer claimed they were due ― while the Missouri Secretary of State’s website stipulates that voters can vote absentee until 5 p.m. Nov. 5.
The party’s executive director, Ray Bozarth, told The Kansas City Star that a miscommunication between the party and an unidentified vendor is to blame for the mistake.
Acknowledging that the fliers were sent to individuals likely to vote Republican, Bozarth said that those who received the false information would be receiving corrected mailers “very soon.”
“Those folks are going to get mailers with the correct information,” he said, adding that the office of Missouri’s Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, had been informed of the mistake.