In Franklin County, the most populous county in Ohio, nearly 50,000 voters received incorrect absentee ballots in the mail, election officials said Friday, revealing a major failure that appeared to affect one in five ballots sent so far by the county.

Officials promised to have new ballots mailed to the 49,669 voters who received the wrong ones within three days, Fox News reported.

“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. 

“We can now confirm that 49,669 voters received an incorrect ballot. Those voters will be contacted directly by the Franklin County Board of Elections and a replacement ballot will be mailed to them,” said the Franklin County Board of Elections.

On the Franklin County Board of Elections website, a list of voters who got the wrong ballot will be posted.

Voters affected can wait for their new ballot or show up to cast an in-person absentee ballot at the county election board during early voting hours.

The office of Ohio State Secretary Frank LaRose directed the board to write a letter explaining the mistake along with the replacement ballots.

“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.

It came after New York City recently was forced to mail 100,000 absentee ballots after a printing error was reported.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office has directed the board to write a letter that explains the error along with the replacements.

“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.

Leonard said that if a voter sends both the replacement ballot and the original, erroneous ballot then the replacement will be the one that is counted. If a voter sends only the original ballot, only their votes on races that they were eligible to vote in will be counted.

“While this process has taken longer than we’d like, we aren’t just determining a number. We’re determining and identifying each impacted voter,” Leonard said in a news conference on Thursday.

Leonard blamed a malfunction with one of the scanners used to process the ballots.

“On October 3 at 2:24 p.m., a function of one of those scanners was disabled,” he said in a news conference. “This was determined to be the root cause of the system error that led to voters receiving an incorrect ballot.”

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, issued a directive to Franklin County on Thursday to fix the mistake.

More detail: https://www.theepochtimes.com/ohios-franklin-county-says-nearly-50000-voters-got-wrong-absentee-ballots_3533040.html

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