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Franklin County sends some absentee ballots to wrong voters; elections officials cite software error

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Voters in Ohio’s most populous county have reported getting the wrong ballots mailed to them in what local elections officials are attributing to a software error.

Elections officials in Franklin County, which includes Columbus, said they are working with a third-party vendor to determine how many voters the issue affected. But Aaron Sellers, a Franklin County Board of Elections spokesman, said the problem had to do with a high-speed scanner that’s used to monitor accuracy not working properly. Franklin County Elections Director Ed Leonard told the Columbus Dispatch the problem also involved a setting in some of the board’s software being disabled.

“They got a ballot that was intended for someone else. All our data is correct. The ballot would have been produced correctly, it just got inserted into the wrong envelope. The system checks that would have prevented that were disabled,” Leonard said.

Voters who think they got the wrong ballot can head to their county elections office to cast an early ballot in person. But Leonard told the Dispatch they’re still figuring out how they will let voters know who was affected, including letting them know about their options.


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