According to the registrar of Riverside County, California, officials mailed 5,000 duplicate ballots to voters in the Nov. 8 general election.
The County Registrar of Voters, Rebecca Spencer, blamed the blunder on a computer system error. The local bureaucrat 5,000 extra ballots had already been mailed out to absentee voters in Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta, Wildomar and Winchester.
Spencer emphasized that the registrar has safeguards in place to ensure that none of the duplicate ballots are counted in the election.
“It is important to note that none of the duplicate ballots will result in a voter being able to cast more than one ballot,” stressed Spencer. “I take election integrity seriously and apologize for the inconvenience.”
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Spencer explained that each ballot has a unique barcode that corresponds to the voter’s name. Once the name is counted once, any additional ballot in the voter’s name will be discarded.
Riverside County is one of approximately 40 California counties that utilizes Dominion Voting Systems’ technology to process ballots.
In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, Dominion received national attention due to allegations that their systems had been compromised. In addition to denying the allegations, Dominion filed multiple defamation lawsuits to refute the claims.
Dominion company executives have also complained of receiving death threats from Trump followers who believe his claims of election fraud. In early October, a judge granted a restraining order filed by the CEO of Dominion against an El Paso County man who had been scoping out the company’s Denver office while armed with guns.
Election integrity advocates have criticized Spencer for not doing more to protect the county’s ballot tabulation and collection system from fraud.
While the registrar has insisted that the system is secure from threats of fraud, the County Board of Supervisors passed a policy in March that provides for an Independent Election Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of volunteers who monitor the election process and recommend changes to the registrar’s office.
The committee will convene for the first time in this year’s midterm elections.