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Elections Office: Training Will Prevent Repeat of Misplaced Uncounted Ballots Incident

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine said the number of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at the Natomas Community Center on Election Day far exceeded the office's expectations. To get the ballots back to the Registrar's Office, an inspector used a different colored bag typically used for office supplies. The bag then was put with the other bags containing office supplies. 

LaVine said there will be a change in training. "For our supply van drivers, our inspectors, our ballot transporters and make sure any bag is labeled because that was one of the other problems. This bag was not labeled with ballots in it.  This bag was continued to be labeled with supplies," she said.

LaVine added that there will also be an extra overflow bag at polling places during the next election. 

The votes on the 400 ballots would not have affected the outcome of any contest.  


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