Absentee voters accidentally sent multiple ballots for primary in Spartanburg Co.


An error in Spartanburg County resulted in 187 people receiving multiple ballots to vote in the upcoming South Carolina primaries.

According to Director Henry Laye, the mistake impacts absentee voters.  All of them received two voting ballots in the mail.

Now office officials are asking people to return one and destroy the duplicate.

Laye says an outside mailing service contracting service is to blame for the error.

“We’re one of several counties in the state where they handle it,” said Laye.

So far, officials say only one person sent back both ballots — possibly trying to vote twice.

“We had already logged in the first ballot [and] knew that it was the second ballot.  It was set aside and not counted,” said Laye.

Before the second ballot showed up in mailboxes, the office sent out letters to those impacted by the mistake.

The letter warns, “any duplicate ballots will be challenged and rejected.”

“I assure the folks of Spartanburg County that we do have measures in place to make sure nobody votes twice,” said Laye.

Pat Perry lives in Inman and is one of the absentee voters who received multiple ballots in the mail.

Perry is a democrat who says the race has been tight on her side of the aisle.

She hopes the error doesn’t allow anyone to be greedy or give a candidate reason to dispute the outcome in South Carolina.

“The closeness of Iowa already and the way things have been going are razor thin.  One vote can make all the difference,” said Perry.

Laye says the mistake also impacted for absentee voters within Charleston County.

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