Rich. Co. resident questions absentee ballot edited with black marker
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A WIS Twitter fan tweeted us an image of an absentee ballot categorizing the document as 'lazy' and questioning whether or not it is legal.
The ballot was mailed to Twitter user Ryan Brown so he could vote for this Tuesday's runoff races in Richland County. Questioning the ballot, @ryabro wrote: "Really Richland County?" with the hashtags #lazy and #cantbelegal.
The races that had been decided during the June 10 primary election has been crossed out with black marker using an "X." Meanwhile the contests that are to be decided Tuesday were edited to only show those candidates who are part of the run-off.
We contacted Richland County to inquire about Brown's marked-up document.
A Richland County election board representative said the image is in fact a picture of a valid run-off ballot in Richland County. She explained there are so few runoffs and the turnaround was so quick, they repurposed ballots from the primary election. She also noted their machines should have no problem reading the ballots.
A spokesperson for the state election commission said this practice is nothing new and other counties have been following this protocol for years.
Chris Whitmire said reusing the ballots helps get them in the hands of voters as quickly as possible.
The deadline to return absentee ballots is 7 p.m. on June 24.
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