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While concerns about election fraud are usually motivated by purposeful attempts to cheat the election process, i.e., voter fraud, sometimes they emerge because of incompetence.
Take what happened in Maryland, where this week election officials discovered a batch of 20 ballots for an upcoming June 9th primary election in Charleston County.
There was just one problem: Charleston County is in South Carolina!
Luckily, the problem was spotted in time and the ballots were forwarded to their correction destination: SeaChange CEO Wendi Breuer called Thurs. to say a tray of Charleston ballots were accidentally picked up and included in Maryland shipment. The ballots were spotted soon after they arrived & were mailed to SC from Baltimore. No voter failed to get their absentee ballot, she said. https://t.co/tU9aX36qCk — Andy Shain (@AndyShain) May 21, 2020 The ballots were printed by the Minnesota-based printer SeaChange, and according to an investigation by The Post and Courier, the printer has a consistent track record for screwing up, particularly as it relates to South Carolina.
“Some Greenville County voters received the wrong absentee ballots this year when the Democratic presidential primary and a special election for sheriff were held 10 days apart,” the paper reported Wednesday.
“Some Charleston County voters received ballots that were folded in a way that could make them tougher to read by scanning machines.”
With only days remaining until the June 9th primary, South Carolina election officials are rightly concerned, especially since they’ve already issued 20 percent more absentee ballots this year than were issued in the 2018 race two years ago.“We’re not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling that they can handle this. We are actively seeking sustainable solutions,” S.C. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said to the paper.They’re not alone. Over […]