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  • Rain-Sealed Secret Ballots Not the End of the Road

    A St. John’s woman says the rainy weather ruined her secret ballot envelope that came in the mail for the municipal election.

    Inside your voter envelope is a ballot, a declaration card, and two envelopes: one to put your ballot inside, and one yellow envelope with prepaid postage.

    Jenn Brown says the secret ballot was glued shut from the rain.

    She says there was no getting the envelope open, and she was concerned about her ballot being marked as spoiled because of it.

    Brown says she emailed the city, and they told her the secret ballot envelope is meant to keep your ballot separate from your signed declaration card, but the envelope itself isn’t important.

    She says she was told you can tape or glue the envelope shut again, or use your own envelope and write “secret ballot” on it. The real issue, she says, is that the ballot must be separate from the paper with your signature. However, everything must be returned in the yellow envelope.

    Brown says she hopes no one assumes their ballot is spoiled because the package is wet.

    Meanwhile, the City of St. John’s says you can also have a new kit mailed to you, but it will void your original kit and the new kit must be used. You can call 311 or visit the first floor of City Hall to receive a replacement kit. You will need a valid Government ID that shows your address.

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