Some voters receive two ballots due to registration changes

October 30, 2012

By Staff

King County Elections officials said as many as 10,000 voters received two ballots due to recent changes in voter information and registration.

Some voters received two ballots for the Nov. 6 election because they changed their information not long before the elections office mailed ballots.

Officials said affected voters should receive a suspended ballot and a ballot with their updated information.

The elections office could not stop the suspended ballot from being mailed.

What to know

Voters with questions about receiving two ballots should contact King County Elections at 206-296-8683 or elections@kingcounty.gov.

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” — and read the explanation and instructions included with the replacement.

Officials said because voter registration information is updated often, some voters in every election receive more than one ballot. The elections office suspends the ballot containing the outdated information.

“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.”

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