Mesa County Election Officials Discover About 600 Nov. 2019 Ballots Before Primary Election

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- As voters begin to drop off their primary election ballots in Colorado at ballot boxes, Mesa County election officials got an unexpected surprise this week.

According to Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, election officials discovered 574 ballots from the Nov. 2019 election. The ballots were found on Tuesday, Feb. 18 when election officials were picking up the first round of primary election ballots.

The Nov. 2019 ballots had been forgotten in the ballot box right outside the Mesa County Elections office.

Peters says ballot boxes are supposed to be checked by bi-partisan election judges with ballots being recovered every 72 hours leading up to Election Day.

On Election Day, according to Peters, ballot boxes are checked throughout the day, the night after the election, the morning after the election, and two days after that.

Peters says she will be reviewing surveillance video from the ballot drop box outside the election office from Election Day, and the days after to try to get to the bottom of this issue.

She says even though election judges receive rigorous training, mistakes can happen.

“A lot of people have been doing this a long time,” Peters said. “One thing we don’t have control over is human error. It’s still unforgivable this happened and I’d like to find out why.”

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