Fairfax County Registrar Gary Scott said that election officials in Fairfax County, Virginia, estimate that up to 1,000 voters received an extra mail-in ballot.
Scott said that some mailing labels on ballots were damaged and that the reprinting of the labels led to duplicate ballots being sent to voters. “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,” Scott told NBC Washington, adding that the error would not increase voter fraud.
Scott’s reasoning for that was, “Because every ballot that’s returned, we make an entry into their voter record that they have returned a ballot. So, if something else shows up, the ballot has already been returned. We can’t count that ballot.”
This is not the first example of errors stemming from mail-in voting. The Michigan secretary of state’s office listed Jeremy Cohen, the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential nominee, as President Trump’s running mate. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that it had found nine military ballots that were “discarded.”
The president has been a critic of widespread mail-in voting. Both Trump and the first lady requested absentee ballots for the 2020 Florida primary and were criticized. But there is a difference in absentee and mail-in voting. Absentee is basically a way to vote if you are going to be unable to be in your voting state or district on election day.
“The president supports absentee voting, not universal mail-in voting, which contain several safeguards that prevent fraud and abuse,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said.
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