Some voters receive two ballots due to registration changes

October 23, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 23, 2012

King County Elections officials said as many as 10,000 voters could receive two ballots due to recent changes in their voter registration and voter information in the weeks before the elections office mailed ballots.

Officials said affected voters should receive a ballot that is suspended — but not in time to prevent it from being mailed — and a replacement ballot with their current information. The updates in registration and information occurred too close to the mailing date to interrupt the printing and mailing process.

The elections office mailed ballots to more than 1.16 million King County voters Oct. 17.

If a voter receives two ballots, he or she should vote the ballot in the envelope marked “replacement ballot.” The replacement is accompanied by a printed explanation and instructions.

Contact the elections office at 206-296-8683 or with questions.

“There are safeguards built into the voter registration system as well as the ballot processing system to ensure that no voter can vote more than one time even if they have received more than one ballot,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Additionally, ballots are only opened after verifying each voter’s signature that follows a declaration that includes a statement, under penalty of perjury, that the voter is only voting once in an election.”

Officials said because voter registration information is updated often, and some voters in every election receive more than one ballot.

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