Riverside County mailed out 5,000 duplicate ballots in error


About 5,000 folks in Riverside County will obtain duplicate vote-by-mail ballots for the November midterm election after a “pc system error,” however the mistake gained’t permit voters to solid ballots twice, in keeping with the county registrar.

The pc error was caught over the weekend, however not earlier than 5,000 mail-in ballots have been despatched to voters dwelling in Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta, Wildomar and Winchester, mentioned Rebecca Spencer, the Riverside County registrar of voters.

Spencer really useful anybody who receives similar ballots to destroy the additional copy.

“You will need to observe that not one of the duplicate ballots will lead to a voter having the ability to solid a couple of poll,” Spencer mentioned in a information launch. “I take election integrity significantly and apologize for the inconvenience.”

Every vote-by-mail envelope has a singular bar code that, as soon as scanned, will mechanically lock a voter’s report so a second poll can’t be accepted, Spencer mentioned. If a voter returns each ballots, solely the primary could be processed and the second could be “mechanically voided.”

Spencer mentioned the pc error is “resolved and procedures have been put in place to stop the error sooner or later.”

The mishap comes months after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized a brand new residents committee targeted on election integrity, which may make suggestions to enhance the voting course of.

Although some election vigilantes within the county have claimed widespread voter fraud in current elections, an in-depth investigation by the district lawyer final 12 months discovered just one case of voter fraud from the 2016 election, after pursuing lots of of false leads. There was no proof of widespread voter fraud within the U.S. in recent times, regardless of rising claims of such.

All registered voters, in Riverside and throughout the state, ought to obtain a vote-by-mail poll for the Nov. 8 election, however voters also can solid ballots in individual or return accomplished ballots to any voting location.

California voters are making their picks in quite a lot of native and statewide races, together with for governor, and on seven statewide propositions.

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