Absentee ballots delay results in East Baton Rouge Parish

Sources tell Unfiltered with Kiran that thousands of absentee ballots need to be rescanned before early voting numbers can be tallied in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The problem is not a precinct or machine-related issue.

“All the mail-in ballots, or absentee ballots, need to be rescanned to ensure the numbers are correct and accuracy is more important than speed,” according to a source familiar with the issue. The parish board of election supervisors felt the ballots needed double verification.

There are between 11,000-14,000 mail-in ballots with each one being about two pages since there are several elections. So that means it could be nearly 30,000 pages that need to be rescanned. It’s why early voting numbers have not been released just yet.

The problem is only limited to absentee ballots and not early votes that were cast ahead of the election. However, early votes and absentee ballots are all certified by the parish board of election supervisors as one number referred to as the “early voting.”

The process will go late into the night requiring officials to scan until the job is finished.

Meanwhile, members of that particular are sequestered until they’re finished with the process.

Final numbers could be delayed until Wednesday morning.

It’s unclear exactly what the issue(s) was that required the absentee ballots to be rescanned.

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1 Comment on Absentee ballots delay results in East Baton Rouge Parish

  1. Yea, this makes no sense. If you scan them, then they are downloaded. There should be no reason to scan again unless they were scanning different ones multible times from the start which drove the numbers up to high or not enough. The only way to get the numbers you need is to scan them again.

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