Tippecanoe County sees voting complications with twins

Some twins in Tippecanoe County are having trouble voting because they're being counted as one person during the registration process. (WLFI Photo)
Some twins in Tippecanoe County are having trouble voting because they're being counted as one person during the registration process. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Some twins in Tippecanoe County are having trouble voting because they’re being counted as one person during the registration process.

Victoria and Valerie Glotzbach are used to getting mixed up.

“Not only do we look alike, our names are so similar,” Victoria Glotzbach said.

But when the government counts them as the same person, Victoria says “this is probably the biggest mix-up we’ve had.”

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said it’s just one of those things.

“We do the best training we can, but in an election like this when there is a heavy volume of paper work to process,” Coffey explained.

An electronic registration system alerts similarities and a worker can easily count it as the same person without noticing they’re twins.

“Our address is the same, phone number is only one number a part, both of our names begin with V,” said Victoria Glotzbach.

But, still.

“It’s a little detouring, a little disheartening,” she explained.

Because when registration workers did get it wrong, she said “they ended up giving me a paper ballot to fill out — which there’s a good chance that didn’t go through, since they couldn’t find my registration.”

Valerie Glotzbach added, “How many people out there are having this issue and having to cast provisional ballots? How many votes are we missing because of it?”

Coffey said that’s why they have the provisional process.

“All of those votes are counted,” explained Coffey.

However, provisional ballots aren’t guaranteed. Although Coffey said the Tippecanoe County Election Board errs in favor of the voter, she couldn’t speak for other counties with this “twin problem.”

“That could potentially make a difference in the election,” Valerie Glotzbach said.

So, these twins recommend taking matters into your own hands — even if it feels a little excessive.

“I’ve checked, like, three times,” she said.

The third time is the charm because this year, they made it out incident-free.

“No problems,” she added.

Coffey said if you’re a twin, it’s not too late to fix any issues you may have.

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