Local woman receives mail-in ballot from old residence in California

TULSA COUNTY, Okla. — An Owasso woman was surprised to find a mail-in ballot addressed to her from where she used to live in California.

Trina Gardner moved here from California more than two years ago.

She registered to vote here in Oklahoma when she moved.

FOX23 spoke with the Registrar of Voters office in Solano County, California.

They said California adopted universal mail-in voting for the 2020 general election.

They sent ballots to all registered voters, and their records still showed Gardner as registered there.

They said people are supposed to un-register when they move away.

They got Gardner’s new address because the post office notifies them when a voter has changed their permanent address, and it’s not unusual to send a ballot out of state because so many split their time between several places.

The Tulsa County Election board says that type of mistake simply can’t happen in Oklahoma because a voter can only get an absentee ballot by request only.

People FOX23 spoke with say they support the effort to make voting as accessible as possible, but that it should be tracked better.