Election Officials in Ohio County Say Nearly 50K Voters Received Wrong Ballot
On Friday, election officials in Franklin County, Ohio’s most populous county, said that almost 50,000 voters received incorrect absentee ballots in the mail.
Fox News reports that this was due to a major glitch that apparently affected 20% of the ballots sent by the county, and that officials promised to have new ones sent within three days to everyone who got the incorrect ballots. It seems that the cause of the mistake is that someone accidentally changed a setting on a device that puts absentee ballots into envelopes.
In a news release, the Franklin County Board of Elections said that “[W]e want to make it clear that every voter who received an inaccurate ballot will receive a corrected ballot.”
Fox continues by saying that these voters who received wrong ballots can either wait for a new ballot to arrive in the mail or go to the county board of elections during early voting hours to cast an in-person absentee ballot.
County Elections Director Ed Leonard said that “[N]o vote will be counted twice. Every voter will receive an accurate ballot and that ballot will be counted.”
President Trump, who has been warning about mail-in voting for months, weighed in on this news, saying:
Breaking News: 50,000 OHIO VOTERS getting WRONG ABSENTEE BALLOTS. Out of control. A Rigged Election!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
We have reported extensively about the problems with mail-in voting. This incident in Ohio is just another one to add to the list of examples.