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Published June 13, 2012, 07:32 PM

Problems at polls leave some people unable to voice their vote

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A problem at the polls left some people unable to voice their vote. There was a mix-up with the ballots between Fargo and West Fargo, so some people ended up voting in the wrong races.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A problem at the polls left some people unable to voice their vote. There was a mix-up with the ballots between Fargo and West Fargo, so some people ended up voting in the wrong races.

It's an opportunity Randy Schmidt waited years for -- his first time voting in the Cass County primary elections.

Schmidt: "there were some important measures I wanted to vote on this year."

Schmidt lives in Fargo, but because of legislative redistricting, his polling location was here, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo. Schmidt says he walked in, grabbed the ballot, but something was wrong.

Schmidt: " apparently I got the West Fargo one, because I realized after the fact there were a couple Fargo races, the park and city commission, and the sales tax that I didn't have on my ballots."

Schmidt says he filled out the ballot and turned it in, thinking it must've been his mistake.

Turns out, he was given the wrong ballot. The Cass County Auditor says it was a simple mistake -- and responsibility lies with both parties.

Montplaisir: "The voter should've stopped right there and went back to the judges and said I have a West Fargo ballot when I should have a Fargo ballot."

To Schmidt, the confusion could be concerning...

Schmidt: "I'm curious how many West Fargo people got the Fargo ballots."

Yet the Auditor says the rare mix-up won't affect results.

Montplaisir: " I don't think overall, it's a big concern as how the votes will weigh out, but it is a concern to us as election officials."

Montplaisir says it's a learning experience they'll use for the next go-around. And Schmidt says it's simply a disappointment -- and a reminder to double-check the ballot.

Montplaisir says the mix-up likely only affected a few people.

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