About 60,000 ballots were not delivered to voters in Adams County afterwards a truckload of them went missing.
Adams County Clerk and Recorder Stan Martin’s appointment has offered capricious descriptions of the ballots’ abode back Monday. On Tuesday, he said the ballots had been amid on the lot of a aircraft aggregation and would be candy for actual delivery.
Four bivouac trucks accustomed ballots were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service’s General Mail Ability on Oct. 15, according to a account issued by Martin’s office. One of the trucks was not unloaded at that facility, according to the statement, and the ballots in that barter were not candy by USPS. Martin’s appointment said it is still aggravating to actuate the cause.
“We’re not absolutely abiding at this point, it’s beneath analysis what happened to the added truck,” said Martin.
USPS agent David Rupert said that the Postal Service was never in control of the barter or the ballots, and can’t affirm if the barter anytime came to the facility.
“None of us are absolutely abiding appropriate now so it’s adamantine for us to anatomize it but we’re starting to do the abysmal dive on that,” said Rupert.
He said USPS procedures authorization that every barter entering the ability be logged and alter seals on deliveries are inspected. Rupert said annal announce that a fourth barter did not access the GMF.
Martin told 9NEWS that the missing ballots and their barter were amid in the busline breadth at a lot endemic by aircraft aggregation XPO. The barter originated in Seattle, area K&H Print, the aggregation that prints Adams County’s ballots, is located.
Martin said K&H Print helped locate the bivouac this afternoon through GPS. It is cryptic why the barter did not bear its burden of ballots. A alarm to the bounded XPO appointment went changing afterwards a being there afraid up after comment.
Martin visited the mail ability Tuesday afternoon to audit the absent ballots. He and admiral from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Appointment accepted the ballots had not been tampered with.
Rupert said USPS will investigate the bearings and abide to assignment with Adams County to dness the matter. K&H’s buyer is aerial to Denver to abetment with the investigation.
We ahead added advice from the Postal Service and the Adams County Clerk’s appointment in the canicule to come.
Below are zip codes that accept been the best affected. Residents there may not accept accustomed their ballots yet.
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The 61,000 ballots were headed for voters acceptance to assorted political parties. Here’s what that breakdown looks like according to Adams County (numbers are approximate):
There are added than 280,000 registered voters in Adams County.
Separately, Weld County beatific alike ballots to 827 voters. Election packets printed with “subpar” abode labels were reprinted and beatific out to the afflicted voters a additional time.
The Weld County Clerk issued a account answer the situation:
“While the election candor and capacity of the [Vote By Mail packet] were intact, the accommodation was fabricated by the commitment architect to manually abode a backup characterization over the aboriginal address. In accomplishing so, it was apparent that a brace voters were aback beatific an incorrect VBM packet acquired by the animal absurdity of mis-applying the backup label.
Once this affair of an afield addressed packet was appear on Friday October 19th, it was absitively the best advance of activity to assure 100% accurateness was to absolutely re-issue the VBM packets to the absoluteness of the afflicted 827 voters.
At no amount to Weld County backup packets were auspiciously mailed the aing day Saturday October 20th to all 827 voters forth with the afterward admit answer the correction.”
Below is a archetype of the letter mailed to Weld County voters:
October 19, 2018
Dear Weld County Voter,
Due to an acclamation absurdity by the vendor, you are accepting a additional election packet for the November 6, 2018 General Election. This new election packet replaces the election and acknowledgment envelope ahead beatific to you.
If you accept already voted and submitted your ballot: You may abide this adapted election as a replacement. The aboriginal election you beatific in will be set a and not counted at all. The backup election will be processed.
If you accept not yet voted and mailed your ballot: amuse use this adapted backup ballot.
If you accept any questions, amuse acquaintance the Weld County Elections appointment at 970-304-6525
We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for voting!”
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