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Ada County Needs to 'Duplicate' Batch of Misprinted Absentee Ballots Cast Prior to Tuesday's Primary

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Ada County elections officials will be overseeing the duplication of some absentee ballots this coming Monday, May 16, one day before the May 17 primary election.

Officials confirmed Friday that the first batch of absentee ballots that were mailed to some Ada County voters didn't have "the correct identifying marks needed to be read by the tabulation software." As a result, workers at the Ada County Elections headquarters will have to duplicate those returned ballots onto new ballots with the proper markings. The duplication process will take place at the elections office on N. Benjamin Lane, beginning Monday, May 17 at 9 a.m. and should be complete by day's end. The public, candidates, media and political party officials have been invited to observe the process. 

Election officials said following the first batch—approximately 2,660 ballots—that were mailed with incorrect identifying marks, all subsequent ballots that have been mailed have the correct markings and will be tabulated accurately.

Officials said Monday's duplication process will consist of multiple two-person teams with one person reading the selections from the original ballot and another person marking a new ballot with the same selections. The original ballot will be stamped "replaced" and the new ballot will be stamped "duplicated."