With about 240,000 ballots mailed, that meant one in five voters got a false ballot. The error occurred Saturday afternoon when someone altered a setting on a machine that places absentee ballots into mailing envelopes, Franklin County elections officials said Thursday.
Some ballots had a wrong congressional race, while others had the correct information but were shipped to voters in a different region. The Franklin County Elections Board said 49,669 voters received incorrect ballots out of 237,498 that were mailed.
Too many mistakes have happened till now with the mail-in ballots. Can we also expect a fraud approaching?
That represents 6% of Franklin County’s approximately 880,000 registered voters, and 0.6% of the 8 million voters registered statewide in the presidential battleground.
The process to print, stuff the replacement ballots in envelopes and mail them was in progress on Friday, the Franklin County Elections Board announced.
The board also said it will send postcards to all affected voters explaining the situation and highlighting voters’ options moving forward. Those options include voting in-person at the board’s offices on the city’s north side.
The elections board said multiple checks are in place to guarantee only one voter would cast a ballot, including declining any replacement ballots if someone went ahead and voted in-person.
The news of the false ballots brought returned focus on an election seeing an extraordinary number of absentee ballot requests, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about in-person voting.
On Tuesday, Ohio’s elections chief announced that Ohio’s 88 elections boards received a record number of absentee ballot applications. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said 2,154,235 applications had been received — more than double the 1,091,188 absentee ballots applications at the same time four years ago.
“The bottom line is this: Ohioans can be assured — we will have a safe, secure, and accurate election,” LaRose said in a statement.
“Mr. President, it certainly was a serious mistake, but a serious mistake that we’re working hard to make right,” the board tweeted in response to Trump. “Our board is bipartisan and our elections are fair. And every vote will be counted.”