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Absentee ballots mailed to Ozark end up at Texas home

Two absentee ballots addressed to Ozark were delivered to home in Katy, Texas.
Two absentee ballots addressed to Ozark were delivered to home in Katy, Texas.(KPRC)
Published: Nov. 7, 2020 at 9:10 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Two election ballots addressed to the Dale County Courthouse in Ozark ended up in a Katy, Texas mailbox.

"My daughter had brought the mail in and she said, “Hey, ya know, we have two ballots?'” Denise Fierros told Houston television station KPRC. Both arrived Thursday, two days after the election, she said.

One had been sent by David Pittman, who lives in Midland City. He has no idea how his ballot ended up 700 miles away from its correct destination.

The U.S. Postal Service blames the problem on a computer sorting error.

Dale County Circuit Clerk Deloris Woodham is the county’s absentee manager. Her phone number, shown on the envelope, is 334-774-5003, which includes the digits 77450, a zip code in the Katy area.

KPRC was unable to reach the other person whose ballot ended up in Texas.

Pittman voted a provisional ballot Monday, after realizing his absentee, with an October 20 postmark, never made it to Ozark.

Fierros told the station she has not opened the ballots and would turn them into officials in Katy on Monday.

Woodham told WTVY she knows of no other cases where ballots addressed ended up the wrong place.

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