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Damaged Ballots in Vanderburgh Co. Part Of The Counting Hold Up

It took a team of 25 people paired with someone of a different political affiliation to count more than 40,000 ballots.

Posted: Nov 5, 2020 4:28 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2020 6:23 PM

In Vanderburgh County It took election officials three days to count local ballots, bipartisan teams worked together to ensure accuracy. It took a team of 25 people paired with someone of a different political affiliation to count more than 40,000 ballots.

Ballot counting took workers hours to scan, process and count accurately. Board of Election Officials say the damages were caused by voters and election workers. The team's worked to duplicate the ballots correctly.

"Part of the workers we have here today, are teams that will be remaking ballots that were torn or smudged, that made it difficult for the machine to read. Some were sliced with letters openers used to open the envelopes" says Board of Elections Officials Carla Hayden.

Vanderburgh County Election workers processed more than 55,000 mail-in and early voting ballots between Election Day and Wednesday.

Election officials say everything has been peaceful with watchers during the counting process at the Civic Center.

The results will become official by the Board of Election next Friday, November 13.

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