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Over Half Of Franklin County Voters Who Received Wrong Absentee Ballot Have Voted

USPS worker unloading absentee ballots to be sent out Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Nick Evans
USPS worker unloading absentee ballots to be sent out Tuesday, October 6, 2020

More than 26,000 Franklin County residents have voted in-person or returned their replacement ballots since receiving incorrect ones earlier this month.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 53% of the voters who initially received incorrect ballots in Franklin County voted and had their ballots processed. The board says this number continues to rise daily as it receives more ballots.

All corrected ballots are being verified by hand.

On October 9, just four day after absentee ballots started to be mailed out, the Franklin County Board of Elections announced that almost 50,000 voters in the county had received ballots with the wrong information or address. That accounted for almost 21% of ballots mailed out to voters that week.

The board said a malfunctioning high-speed scanner caused the original issue. The election board mailed informational postcards to all impacted voters telling them about the problem and what to do next.

Voters who suspect they received an incorrect ballot, or who worry they may have already submitted the wrong one, can contact the Board of Elections at 614-525-3100 or verify their information here.

So long as they haven't mailed back their ballot, voters can also choose to vote early in-person at the election board building at 1700 Morse Road.

Early voting continues until November 2 at 2 p.m. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by that date to be counted, or voters can drop them off at the Board of Elections ballot drop box until 7:30 p.m. on November 3.