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Oklahoma State Election Board responds to video on social media showing discarded ballots

Posted at 11:15 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 08:48:16-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Board of Election responded to a video circulating on social media with what appeared to be election ballots discarded at a Broken Arrow church.

A viewer emailed 2 Works for You a link to video of what they said appeared to be discarded ballots from the Nov. 3 election. They said the ballots were found at St. Ann's Church in Broken Arrow.

Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said in a virtual board meeting, Tuesday, "When you look at this video, you can clearly see that these are spoiled ballots where the voter mistakenly marked more than one option in a race."

Officials explain when a voter mistakenly marks more than one candidate in the same category, they are made aware of the error, sign an affidavit that their original ballot will be destroyed and then are issued a new ballot.

Officials said, once the voter is handed their new paper ballot, the spoiled ballot is discarded.

Officials explained in a second tweet, with images, how it is obvious the ballots in the video are spoiled ballots.

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