COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The Board of Elections said nearly 50,000 voters have received an inaccurate ballot in Franklin County, home of Ohio’s capital city of Columbus.
Affected voters will be contacted directly by the Franklin County Board of Elections and a replacement ballot will be mailed to them.
Vendor BlueCrest and election officials determined that 49,669 voters were provided the wrong ballot. There were already 236,000 ballots cleared to mail as of Oct. 1, per Kalea Gunderson’s report.
Not a small number.— Geoff Redick (@GeoffWSYX6) October 9, 2020
There were already 236,000 ballots cleared to mail as of October 1st, per @KaleaGunderson. During printing on October 3rd, a scanning machine failed for an undisclosed period of time.
So almost 50,000 ballots were printed before the failure was caught. https://t.co/h5O1HuFfsx
During printing on Oct. 3, a scanning machine failed for an undisclosed period of time.
The process to print, stuff the replacement ballots in envelopes and mail them was underway Friday, the Franklin County Elections Board announced.
The board also said it will mail postcards to all affected voters detailing 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 ensure only one voter can cast a ballot, including rejecting any replacement ballots if someone went ahead and voted in person.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.