LITTLE ROCK — Lonoke County election officials say a proofreading error led to Hillary Clinton’s name appearing incorrectly on the ballot in that county.
The ballot lists the Democratic presidential nominee as “Hilliary Clinton,” with an extraneous “i” included in her first name.
The misspelling, first reported by Little Rock television station KARK, was discovered by a voter on an absentee ballot a few days before the Oct. 24 start of early voting, according to Jimmy Wallace, the lone Democratic member of the three-member Lonoke County Election Commission.
“If it had been three, four weeks out from the election, we’d have reprinted, but we didn’t have that luxury,” he said.
Commission Chairman Jerry Shepard said he knew of one voter who complained that Clinton’s first name had been intentionally altered to include the word “liar,” but he said the misspelling was actually “an honest mistake.”
The county clerk, the clerk’s staff and the commissioners all reviewed the ballot without noticing the typo, Shepard said. He said the commission will meet Friday to discuss whether the mistake was serious enough to make voters unable to identify the candidate and cause her to lose votes.
Whether the ballot could be reprinted at this point is something election officials are looking into, Shepard said.
Wallace said he did not believe the misspelling would affect the number of votes cast for Clinton.
“I’ve talked to numerous people (after they voted) who didn’t even notice it being misspelled, so I don’t see it being a big problem,” he said.