Eric Rorholm, a candidate for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in District 3, might not have the most common surname, so he’s not completely shocked to find it misspelled on ballots for the upcoming election.
“Anyone with a unique name can relate to having their name misspelled on important documents.” Rorholm said.
The “o” and “l” in Rorholm’s last name are transposed on the ballot.
But this isn’t the only issue Rorholm has faced.
Problems began in the primary election when two television stations incorrectly listed his first name as “Erik” and a botched newspaper photo caption had his last name as “Borholm.”
The frustration didn’t end there, as Rorholm also recently learned that some. voters in District 3 received ballots with incorrect candidates listed in the race for county supervisor.
Rorholm applauded elections administrators for being cooperative and transparent the moment the misspelling of his name on the ballot became apparent.
“Our democracy is under more stress than ever, so it’s important to be transparent and honest about what went wrong,” he said.
With all of the issues, Rorholm is concerned there will be confusion among voters.
“My top priority is to ensure that voters are able to vote for their preferred candidate,” Rorholm said. “Voters should know that election administrators have stated that ballots cast for the misspelled version of (my) name will in fact be counted as votes for Eric Rorholm.”
Rorholm is a democratic socialist running to serve District 3, which includes Milwaukee’s East Side, Downtown and Walker’s Point neighborhoods. Rorholm is trying to unseat long-time incumbent Sheldon Wasserman in the April 5 race.