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Typo on ballots in Josephine County will not invalidate them, officials say

Ballots mailed to Josephine County voters included a typo for the highest office, listing the 'United Sates' President and Vice President.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 12:13 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A typo in ballots mailed to Josephine County voters this week will not affect their validity, county officials said in a statement on Friday.

The typo, which appeared in the heading for candidates of the highest federal office, read “United Sates" President and Vice President, and prompted concerns from voters who thought it might affect how their votes are counted.

"Voters should complete and return their ballots as normal. New ballots will not be issued," Josephine County said in a statement.

Ballots for the November 3 election were mailed out to voters in Josephine County on Wednesday. Voters who have not received a ballot by October 21 should contact the Josephine County Clerk’s Office at (541) 474-5243. Voters returning their ballots by mail should do so no later than October 27.

There are eight ballot drop sites in Josephine County, including the County Clerk's Office, County Courthouse, and Cave Junction City Building. Ballots can be dropped off at these sites until 8 p.m. on November 3.

"Election observation will begin Oct. 21 for those wishing to observe signature verifications," the County said. "Ballot-opening boards are tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 27. Observation opportunities will continue Mondays through Fridays through Election Day. Up to 10 observers will be allowed at a time using a designated room in the Josephine County Courthouse where processing will be shown via closed-circuit television. Observers will be required to follow state-mandated COVID-19 precautions."

Those precautions include using a face covering or face shield. In order to be an observer, voters should contact the County Clerk's Office to sign up and reserve a space, which is a requirement to ensure availability.

"Voters can check the status of their ballot at any time using the Oregon Secretary of State’s website, OregonVotes.gov," the County continued. "Please note that the process of signature verification will begin on Oct. 21, so no ballots will be processed until that date. Voters with rejected ballots due to signature irregularities will be notified by mail and will have up to 14 days after the election to resubmit."

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