The largest county in Ohio admitted that it has mailed almost 50,000 ballots erroneously, with 49,699 voters in Franklin County set to receive ballots belonging to other people. 21% of the total ballots the Franklin County Board of Elections is sending out will arrive at the wrong address, and it’s quite likely that those who receive them are not going to cast the ballot of somebody else.
In an attempt to rectify the situation, Franklin County is now sending out 49,699 replacement ballots to the individuals who wrongly received false ballots. This raises serious questions as to the fate of the wrongfully mailed ballots, as the official county election materials will remain in public circulation even after those who received them get their authentic ballot.
“The board has already begun the process to print, stuff, and mail the 49,669 replacement ballots and expect them to be sent to the United States Postal Service within 72 hours for delivery,” announced the Franklin County Board of Elections. “We want to make it clear that every voter who received an inaccurate ballot will receive a corrected ballot.”
Ohio has trended Republican in recent Presidential elections, with President Donald Trump winning the state by more than eight percentage points in 2016. It remains a must-win for the President in reelection, and his electoral prospects will be all but doomed if he fails to win the state’s 18 electoral college votes. Franklin County itself is largely Democrat, with Hillary Clinton winning 60% of the county’s popular vote in 2016.
The novel concept of entirely mail-in elections is shaping up as a disaster, especially in states that are essentially improvising a mail-in process for the very first time after conducting largely in-person elections throughout their history.