California county says 5,000 ballots accidentally mailed

Officials in one California county said a system error is to blame for about 5,000 duplicate ballots being mailed to residents across the area.

The computer glitch was identified in Riverside County over the weekend, and according to FOX 11, about 5,000 duplicate ballots were mailed to residents in several cities.

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer said the duplicate ballots were sent out due to a computer system error that was corrected.

“It is important to note that none of the duplicate ballots will result in a voter being able to cast more than one vote,” Spencer said. “I take election integrity seriously and apologize for the inconvenience.”

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops off vote-by-mail applications at a mailbox in Omaha, Neb.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops off vote-by-mail applications at a mailbox in Omaha, Neb.
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Officials are asking residents who received duplicate ballots to destroy the extra ballot.

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The ballots both contain the same barcode and, according to officials, will not result in duplicate votes being cast if both are used.

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