The Missouri Republican Party admitted on Friday that it sent thousands of voters mailers with false information about the due dates for absentee ballots to 10,000 voters in the state, just weeks before the midterm elections.
The party’s executive director, Ray Bozarth, acknowledged the mistake to The Kansas City Star on Friday, saying that a miscommunication between the party and its vendor caused the false information to be printed on the mailers.
Bozarth did not provide details about the vendor or explain how the “miscommunication” occurred.
The Hill notes:
Bozarth told the Star that the group sent mail-in ballots to likely Republican voters as part of its efforts to get people to vote in this year’s midterm elections.
A photo of the mailer that was shared with The Star showed that the mailer encouraged individuals to return their mail-in ballots “today.” It also said the ballots were required to be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to the paper.
According to the newspaper, the absentee ballots are due on Election Day and requests for mail-in ballots aren’t required until Oct. 31.
Bozarth said new mailers containing correct information would be sent out soon. He added that he is confident in the “Missouri Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote effort.”
Bozarth said that the party has informed Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office of the error.