Some of the envelopes containing absentee ballots for the California recall election have holes, election officials have confirmed.
A video showing a voter’s ballot paper and an envelope with holes went viral, with the woman warning others to be careful.
“This is the sketchy part. This is the crazy part,” said the unidentified woman in the video. “You have to pay attention to these two holes that are on the front of the envelope. You can see that from the outside of the mail-in ballot, you can see if anyone voted Yes to recall Newsom. This is very vague and irresponsible in my opinion, but it is asking for fraud. “
Former Acting Director of Intelligence Richard Grenell clip shared “This is a hoax,” he wrote on Twitter.
But the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder/county clerk says the envelopes have had holes for years.
“The design of the ballot return envelope is not new and has been used for several election cycles—and the design is an accessibility practice recommended by citizen design consultants,” a spokesperson for the office told The Epoch Times in an email. Advice from the Citizen Design Center.
“The intention and purpose of the hole is two-fold: to assist with access for voters with low vision where to sign envelopes and to ensure that no ballots are left behind after they have been received and processed by our office and were not left in the envelope,” the spokesperson added.
The office told concerned people on social media that the envelope design “does not interfere with postage or sorting equipment.” It declined to answer whether any problems with hives have arisen in the past.
It is not clear whether other counties also use perforated envelopes.
Voters can choose how to return absentee ballots and track their status on a website called ballot tracks which is operated by the Office of the California Secretary of State.
The recall was prompted by the Gavin Newsom campaign urging voters to keep an eye on their ballots via the site after the video went viral.
Governor Newsom, a Democrat, is facing a recall that could see him replaced by a Republican.
Voters who send or cast ballots on September 14 can choose whether to recall the first-term governor. They can also choose who will replace them if they are called back. If a simple majority votes to recall Newsom, he will be replaced with the one getting the top vote.
Grenell later responded to the Los Angeles clerk’s office.
“LA County admits they’ve been doing this for years. Yes, we know,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s a big problem that they don’t see. Being able to see if anyone voted yes on the recall (in the largest county in the state) is scary. “
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