Election officials in California ask voters to stop disinfecting mail-in ballots

Video above: Election officials bracing for a flood of mail-in ballots in NovemberSacramento County election officials are asking people to stop disinfecting their mail-in ballots. “Voters do not have to worry about contracting COVID from their mail-in ballots,” said Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, Registrar of Voters in Sacramento County.Officials said the ballots themselves were processed by machines weeks ago and are safe to handle. The registrar told sister station KCRA that they have received at least 100 ballots damaged by disinfectant and alcohol spray. In one case, someone even microwaved their ballot in an attempt to get rid of any germs. Elections officials say these actions damage your ballot and prevent your vote from being properly counted. “We understand for if the outgoing white envelope that you get that maybe the mail service carrier may have touched, you kind of want to hold that aside for 24 hours,” Bailey-Kanelos said.”Everything inside the pink return envelope, the ballots themselves, they have been inserted by a machine weeks ago so they are safe,” she said.The registrar says they are not processing any ballots that are obviously spoiled. The office is working to issue new ballots to anyone who sent in or dropped off a damaged ballot.

Video above: Election officials bracing for a flood of mail-in ballots in November

Sacramento County election officials are asking people to stop disinfecting their mail-in ballots.

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“Voters do not have to worry about contracting COVID from their mail-in ballots,” said Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, Registrar of Voters in Sacramento County.

Officials said the ballots themselves were processed by machines weeks ago and are safe to handle.

The registrar told sister station KCRA that they have received at least 100 ballots damaged by disinfectant and alcohol spray.

In one case, someone even microwaved their ballot in an attempt to get rid of any germs.

Elections officials say these actions damage your ballot and prevent your vote from being properly counted.

We understand for if the outgoing white envelope that you get that maybe the mail service carrier may have touched, you kind of want to hold that aside for 24 hours,” Bailey-Kanelos said.

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“Everything inside the pink return envelope, the ballots themselves, they have been inserted by a machine weeks ago so they are safe,” she said.

The registrar says they are not processing any ballots that are obviously spoiled. The office is working to issue new ballots to anyone who sent in or dropped off a damaged ballot.

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