No individual in Benton County has been purged due to a deficient voter registration form. If you have been told by anyone that you have been purged because of a deficient voter registration form, contact our office immediately at the following email address.
Because the voter registration deficiencies found in Benton County have created much debate, the Division of Elections wanted to make you aware of the unprecedented efforts election officials have taken to ensure integrity and fairness in the election process.
Mark Ward, the recently appointed Administrator of Elections in Benton County, while performing his duties, discovered that many of the voter registration applications on file were deficient. Many applications lacked critical information such as the voter’s signature, citizenship verification and felon information. Without this critical information, someone who is not a United States citizen or a convicted felon could have cast a vote illegally.
Correcting The Deficiencies In Benton County
Restoring Faith In Benton County Elections
In December 2009, Mark Ward, Benton County’s administrator of elections, wrote to local investigative authorities and informed them of several alleged problems he discovered when he became the administrator. Some of the alleged problems included allegations of ineligible voters not being purged, potential falsification of time sheets, voter registration files not filed in alphabetical order as required by state law, individuals voting in the wrong district, numerous deficient voter registration forms, pornographic material found on a computer disc and discovery of a deceased person’s voting record showing that the decedent had voted a ballot.