About 1,400 absentee ballot applicants in Virginia received an additional ballot in the mail, the state's Republican Party officials said on Friday, as the debate over mail-in ballots heats up in the U.S.
"Before the supervisors caught it, the people applying the labels applied them to the entire sheet of labels rather than just pulling out the ones that should have been processed," Fairfax County Registrar Gary Scott said.
Virginia election officials told voters with duplicate ballots to use one and destroy the other.
"Because every ballot that's returned, we make an entry into their voter record that they have returned a ballot," Scott said. "So if something else shows up, the ballot has already been returned. We can't count that ballot."
🔦 The Virginia Department of Elections announced last week that in-person voting would begin September 18. The department also announced voters "no longer need a reason to vote absentee" and that any "registered voter may request an absentee ballot."
"We knew the Democrats' many last-minute changes to our election law would make our elections less secure, but no one could imagine voters receiving two ballots," said Virginia GOP chairman Rich Anderson.