President Donald Trump called the election ”rigged” after Ohio election officials reported that about 50,000 voters received the wrong absentee ballot in the mail.
”Breaking News: 50,000 OHIO VOTERS getting WRONG ABSENTEE BALLOTS,” Trump tweeted Friday. ”Out of control. A Rigged Election!!!”
Fox News reported that nearly 50,000 voters in Ohio’s most populous county received incorrect absentee ballots. The error occurred after someone changed a setting on a device that stuffs the ballots into envelopes on Saturday afternoon. The incident is thought to be an accident.
Election officials said the error impacted about one in five ballots in Franklin County. Election officials promised to send new ballots within three days to the 49,669 voters who received the wrong ones.
“We want to make it clear that every voter who received an inaccurate ballot will receive a corrected ballot,” the board said in a news release, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
The Franklin County Board of Elections website also will post a list of voters who received the wrong ballot.
Voters who were mailed an incorrect ballot can wait for a new one in the mail or show up at the county board of elections during early voting hours to cast an in-person absentee ballot.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office has asked the board to write a letter explaining the error along with the replacement ballots, Fox News reported.
”No vote will be counted twice. Every voter will receive an accurate ballot and that ballot will be counted,” county Elections Director Ed Leonard said.
Election officials said only the replacement ballot will be counted if voters send in both. If a voter only sends back the faulty one, it will only count in races in which they were eligible to vote.
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