Allegheny County investigating after voters receive wrong mail-in ballots

Allegheny County investigating after voters receive wrong mail-in 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. People received other peoples ballots and some of the ballots received included the incorrect congressional race for the area they were delivered to.

"Breaking News: 50,000 OHIO VOTERS getting WRONG ABSENTEE BALLOTS".

Anyone who received an incorrect ballot should destroy it, but keep the security envelope, declaration and instructions that came with it, according to the county. According to a press release statement from the board, the incorrect ballots were mailed as part of 237,498 ballots mailed through the US postal service.

The board also said it will mail postcards to all affected voters detailing the situation and highlighting voters' options moving forward. The elections board has promised to remedy the mistake in a matter of days.

The election board has begun printing and mailing replacement ballots to every voter who received an erroneous ballot. This comes during a contentious election cycle, where more people than ever are voting by mail due to health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

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WOSU reports that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has instructed the state elections board to hold onto incorrect ballots received until a correct replacement ballot is submitted.

"The bottom line is this: Ohioans can be assured - we will have a safe, secure, and accurate election", LaRose said in a statement.

News of the blunder soon made its way to the president - a vocal skeptic of universal mail-in voting who's repeatedly deemed it highly vulnerable to fraud - prompting him to declare a "rigged election". "Out of control. A Rigged Election!", the USA president tweeted. "And every vote will be counted".

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While public viewing is only available from the main board room of the election board headquarters, which forced the board to get creative to comply with the open meetings act.

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