Navy wife’s ballot is sent back in mail

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Although the presidential election is one month away, many people are already casting early ballots.

That turned out to be a big problem for one Navy wife here in San Diego.

Arlene Jones has never not voted in a presidential election. She certainly had no plans to sit this one out, so she started asking questions right away when her absentee ballot was returned to her mailbox.

When Arlene dropped her absentee ballot in the mail, she didn’t give it a second thought.

So she was shocked when the ballot addressed to country offices in Pensacola, Florida showed up a week later in her mailbox in San Diego.

Arlene is a Navy wife. Her husband Anthony works on the USS Vinson. 

In the last 20 years, they’ve moved a lot, so they always ask for absentee ballots to be tallied in Escambia County Florida, their legal residence.

After calling for help in Florida, and even talking to postal employees in San Diego, Arlene reached out to KUSI.

In a search for answers, Arlene drove to the main postal processing center in Carmel Mountain Ranch. She said a processing supervisor told her the computerized sorters read the wrong bar codes.

Arlene said the same supervisor indicated there were problems in the June Primary.

Maybe there was a problem with the way this mail-in envelope was designed or maybe the postal service has a bug in their sorting system. Arlene isn’t sure, but she plans to try again.

The folks in Pensacola have promised a new envelope and the postal service said it will print up a sticker with a new bar code and hopefully, she says, this won’t happen to other mail-in voters like herself.

On Friday, KUSI’s Sasha Foo called the U.S. Postal Service and the election office in Pensacola, but is still waiting for their answers.

Arlene’s husband, Anthony, sent his ballot to Florida a few days ago, so we’ll see if it actually gets there or if it bounces back.

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