SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Almost 700 incorrect absentee ballots were mailed to voters in Spartanburg County.
According to Spartanburg County, a vendor, Consolidated Mailing Services, used by the Spartanburg County Voter Registration and Elections Office to print and mail the ballots made an error.
Adam Hammons, with Spartanburg County Voter Registration, says calls started coming in Tuesday afternoon.
“We realized there was an issue, it kind of cued us, something’s not right,” said Hammons.
The error occurred when the file was being prepared by the vendor for the printing process according to officials.
The vendor is one of three vendors approved by the South Carolina State Election Commission to print and mail ballots.
Hammons says when one person moved and was deleted from the spreadsheet, the error occurred.
“When they did that process, they made a mistake of some kind, and then that mistake, it shifted all the rows on the spreadsheet up by one,” said Hammons.
When everything moved up a line, it all got thrown off.
“All the voters got the ballot style for the person directly below them,” said Hammons.
He says people saw names they didn’t recognize on the ballot.
“We isolated those 699, figured out who they were. We have already re-issued ballots, they’re going out in the mail tomorrow, the correct ones,” he said.
“They are not burying their head in the sand, they’re there to help, they’re there to make sure they get this issue corrected, they understand the severity of the issue.”
Spartanburg County has used Consolidated Mailing Services in past elections and experienced no issues.
“They are not burying their head in the sand, they’re there to help, they’re there to make sure they get this issue corrected, they understand the severity of the issue,” said Hammons.
Almost 700 voters out of 1,532 are expected to receive an incorrect ballot.
A new ballot is being mailed immediately with an explanation of the error according to the county’s election office.
Officials said the replacement ballot will be in an envelope with a yellow stripe to indicate the correct ballots.
“We take this seriously, we’re doing what we can. We turned it around in a day to get them a new ballot, we want to make sure they know that those ballots are trackable, no one is going to be able to vote twice,” said Hammons.
These ballots are expected to be mailed Thursday, October 13th, voters should be getting them by the weekend, or Monday.
Voters who are unsure if they’ve been impacted by this error can check by visiting scvotes.gov and clicking ‘Get My Sample Ballot.’