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Spokane man receives too many election ballots

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Idaho primary is May 17th with the Washington primary May 24th. Ballots are in voters hands, but in at least one case, it's one too many ballots.

Garry Campbell got two ballots to fill out.

“It's just goofy. It doesn't make sense,” he says. “One came Friday and one came Saturday.”

The envelopes have different apartment numbers - one for his current apartment and one for the apartment he rented in 2007. But what Campbell finds strange is the Spokane County Elections Office says he changed his address again in April.

“I’ve never changed anything since then in registration,” he says.

This is something that occasionally happens. The elections office says receiving two ballots can sometimes happen. The Secretary of State gives this as an example: the county pulls the list of voters to send ballots before they have all the voter registration changes. A voter who updates their registration after that pull happens may receive two ballots.

Even if a voter were to return two ballots, only the first one would count according to WA Secretary of State’s office. Any additional ballots would be sent to the Canvassing Board to reject and could also be sent to the prosecutor for further action.

“I would just hope that there would be a lot of honest and diligent people out there that if they do get two ballots that they let somebody know,” Campbell says.

If you do have any questions, you can contact your local county elections office.

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