Riverside County mailed out 5,000 duplicate ballots in error

About 5,000 people in Riverside County will receive duplicate mail-in ballots for the November midterm election after a “computer system error,” but the error doesn’t allow voters to cast ballots twice, according to the district registrar.

The computer error was discovered over the weekend, but not before 5,000 absentee ballots were mailed to voters in Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta, Wildomar and Winchester, said Rebecca Spencer, the Riverside County Voter Registry.

Spencer recommended that anyone receiving identical ballots destroy the extra copy.

“It’s important to note that none of the duplicate ballots results in a voter being able to cast more than one ballot,” Spencer said in a press release. “I take election integrity seriously and apologize for the inconvenience.”

Each mail voting envelope has a unique barcode that, once scanned, automatically locks a voter’s record so a second vote cannot be accepted, Spencer said. If a voter returns both ballots, only the first would be processed and the second “automatically voided”.

Spencer said the computer error has been “fixed and procedures have been put in place to prevent the error in the future.”

The mishap comes months after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a new citizens’ committee focused on election integrity and able to make recommendations to improve the voting process.

Although some pollsters in the county have alleged widespread voter fraud in the last election, a thorough investigation by the district attorney’s office last year found just one case of voter fraud in the 2016 election, after investigating hundreds of false leads. Despite mounting claims, there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the US in recent years.

All registered voters in Riverside and across the state should receive a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 8 election, but voters can also vote in person or return completed ballots to any polling location.

California voters make their choices in a variety of local and statewide races, including for governor, and seven statewide nominations.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-18/riverside-county-mailed-out-thousands-of-duplicate-ballots-in-error Riverside County mailed out 5,000 duplicate ballots in error

Alley Einstein

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