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OH county says almost 50,000 voters received wrong ballots

OH county says almost 50,000 voters received wrong ballots”

Residents of Ohio's Franklin county received some 50,000 wrong mail ballots ahead of the upcoming presidential election, a local election board said on Friday.

Officials announced Friday in a news release that out of 115,260 vote-by-mail ballots sent out this week, 581 voters in 371 homes received incorrect ballots for the November 3 election.

Those who received incorrect ballots are asked to contact the Elections Division by email at electionscontact@alleghenycounty.us or phone at 412-350-4500. Their staff determined the number of impacted voters and households shortly after confirming the report of an error, and is now implementing a plan to correct the error which involves expediting newly issued precinct ballots and voter information guides along with a letter detailing the error in the previously issued ballot. That represents 6 per cent of Franklin County's approximately 880,000 registered voters, and 0.6 per cent of the 8 million voters registered statewide in the presidential battleground. If a correct ballot is never received, the original must be "processed, remade, and scanned on or after the 11th day after the election". Those options include voting in-person at the board's offices on the city's north side.

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It has received 358,240 applications from mail-in and absentee voters.

Ahead of the November 3 presidential election, the Democratic Party has gained an advantage against the Republicans in early voting due to a surge in absentee ballots cast in states across the USA, it was reported. LaRose said Friday that while the Franklin County board made "a serious mistake", the county was working hard to fix it. LaRose noted Ohio's elections boards are bipartisan to ensure fair elections. By Tuesday, LaRose said 2,154,235 applications had been received by Ohio's 88 boards of elections - more than double the number received at the same time four years ago.

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly warned of the potential for voter fraud and other problems with attempts to expand absentee voting - particularly universal mail-in balloting in which every voter is mailed a ballot whether or not it was requested, pounced on the report. At the same time, it's so important to remember that OH has bipartisan boards of elections for a reason - to ensure our elections are fair and no party has sway over the other. Just minutes after his tweet alleging fraud in OH, the president tweeted in support of Colorado, which has an all-mail balloting system. The incorrect ballots were sent to voters in Davis, West Sacramento, Woodland and Winters. "Fill them out and VOTE #TrumpPence2020!" the president tweeted.



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