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Blair sends double ballots

HOLLIDAYSBURG –Seventy-eight voters in Logan Township’s 2nd District have inadvertently received double mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election.

Because the county knows the names of the 78 voters who each received two mail-in ballots, steps will be taken to verify that these individuals only turn in one vote, County Administrator Nicole Hemminger said in a statement distributed Friday on behalf of the county Elections Board and elections office.

The error, according to the county’s statement, was tracked back to NPC of Claysburg, which is printing and mailing the county’s ballots.

The company, after starting to print 387 mail-in ballots for the township’s 2nd District in the Lakemont area, stopped the print job at 309 ballots and moved to another printer to finish the job, starting on ballot 301.

The next day, however, the first printer was used to complete the job, resulting in the printing and processing of 78 duplicate ballots.

NPC has advised the county that future printer runs will be smaller, thereby reducing the likelihood of a similar error, according to the county’s statement. In addition, the county indicated that NPC has introduced a second cross-check to prevent a repeat occurrence.

The distribution of mail-in ballots started last week.

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