A Florida Democrat will be on Oklahoma's presidential primary ballot next year after it was discovered his filing information and check had been sent to the wrong location.
Darcy Richardson called state Election Board officials Thursday asking why he was not listed as being on the Democratic Party presidential primary ballot March 6, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said.
Richardson, 56, told election officials that U.S. Postal Service notified him Wednesday that his packet containing his declaration of candidacy and a $2,500 cashiers check had been delivered before Wednesday's 5 p.m. filing deadline, Ziriax said.
An Election Board employee was sent Thursday to the agency's post office box several blocks away, Ziriax said.
“It was there and we confirmed with the postal officials at that post office that it had been delivered before 5 p.m. yesterday,” Ziriax said. “It was actually addressed to our Capitol office, but for some reason the Postal Service put it in our post office box instead of delivering it here.”
Ziriax said he checked with the lawyer assigned to his agency by the state attorney general's office who advised him to accept Richardson's filing and recognize him as a candidate for the presidential primary.
“Through no fault of the candidate, the Postal Service put it there instead of bringing it here,” he said.
The Election Board's post office box is checked daily, Ziriax said.
It apparently was checked 2 p.m. Wednesday, the time when postal officials determined Richardson's packet arrived.
Richardson hasn't developed a campaign website yet, but he wrote on his blog in October that he is running for president “to offer my fellow disillusioned Democrats a choice.”
Richardson is the fifth Democrat to be on the March 6 presidential primary ballot; seven Republicans filed to be on the ballot.