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.
FACT CHECK: This video is from pct 469 / subpct 457 in Tulsa County. These are clearly "spoiled ballots" where the voter mistakenly marked more than one option in a race. Spoiled ballots are returned to the precinct clerk and destroyed, then the voter is issued a new ballot.— Oklahoma State Election Board (@OKelections) November 9, 2020
Officials explained in a second tweet, with images, how it is obvious the ballots in the video are spoiled ballots.
FACT CHECK (PART 2): Here are screen shots from the video that clearly show the ballots have been spoiled. We also are posting a redacted Spoiled Ballot Affidavit signed by voters before their spoiled ballots were destroyed. pic.twitter.com/EnklPRN81l— Oklahoma State Election Board (@OKelections) November 9, 2020
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