On Wednesday, Etowah County Probate Judge Scott Hassell and Secretary of State John Merrill issued a joint statement revealing voters in some areas of Etowah County near Gadsden had been given ballots for elections in districts in which they no longer resided.
According to reports, the discrepancies included two State House of Representatives races, House Districts 28 and 29, and the two Etowah County Commission races, Etowah County Commission Districts 4 and 5.
Errors may have interfered with party ballot qualification processes for potential candidates considering a run for office, 1819 News learned.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl acknowledged the party's concern and pledged to find a solution.
"We are incredibly upset about the situation, which impacts both our Republican primary voters and our Republican candidates," Wahl said. "Our number one priority is to make sure the will of Republican primary voters is reflected in the outcome of these elections. We are investigating precisely which areas have been impacted, how many votes may have been affected and what remedy there is moving forward. We will do the best we possibly can in order to find a solution to this terrible situation we're facing."
It remains unknown how many voters were impacted by the issue.
Sources familiar with the situation also tell 1819 News that ensuring the proper ballots were assigned to voters in the correlating districts was a duty of the Etowah County Board of Registrars.
A three-member board of registrars is appointed in each of Alabama's 67 counties, one each appointed by the governor, agriculture commissioner and the state auditor.
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