Voting Officers: Disinfect or Microwave Your Postal Poll – CNET Do not

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This story is part of 2020 elections, CNET’s coverage of the November vote preparations.

Some voters appeared to be concerned about contracts being signed COVID-19 of surfaces ruin theirs Postal ballot by disinfection. Voters KCRA TV reporter Stephanie Lin reports from Sacramento County, California that more than 100 damaged ballots were brought into the registry office – and at least one person tried to kill potential germs by putting a ballot in a microwave.

“Don’t do this if you want your vote to count,” tweeted Lin next to a photo of a smeared ballot slip stamped SPOILED. Lin also shared a photo of a ballot that appeared to be burned.

DO NOT do this if you want your vote to count. @SacCountyCA polling officers tell me that to date they have received at least a hundred damaged ballots from voters who have tried to disinfect the paperwork. In one case someone tried to put their ballot in the microwave … (1/2) # Election2020 pic.twitter.com/tnt3Kg3TIr

– Stephanie Lin (@StephanieLinTV) October 11, 2020

Ballot papers sent to voters prior to election day Tuesday, November 3, were machine processed weeks ago and are safe to use, Lin said.

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The damaged ballots were not sent in, but were submitted by voters who were given new ones, said Courtney Kanelos of the Sacramento County Electoral Register. These voters received new ballots and voted.

“If a damaged ballot is cast, it is re-created, with multiple teams reviewing and confirming the voter’s intent before it is counted,” Kanelos said.

For the sake of clarity, these ballots were submitted by voters who cast their ballots, received new ones, and voted on their election. If a damaged ballot is cast, it is re-created, with multiple teams reviewing and confirming the voter’s intent before it is counted

– Courtney Kanelos (@CourtneyKanelos) October 11, 2020

These “rotten ballots” were brought in by the voters themselves to be exchanged for new ones so that they could vote on clean ballots before they cast their ballots. If a ballot has already been cast and damaged in any way, they are “remade” so that the machines can count them

– Courtney Kanelos (@CourtneyKanelos) October 11, 2020

Newly created ballot papers are completed by one team and then reviewed by another QC team to ensure that the votes match the original. It is then logged with a unique identification number (which is not tied to the voter anyway) so that the original can be referred to if there are any questions

– Courtney Kanelos (@CourtneyKanelos) October 11, 2020

Corrupted ballot papers are not re-created because they were not submitted, but were submitted and exchanged by the voter. However, we keep an eye on them and save them for review purposes

– Courtney Kanelos (@CourtneyKanelos) October 11, 2020

While it is believed that the transmission of coronaviruses occurs primarily through prolonged and close contact from person to person, scientists are still investigating how it can spread via contaminated surfaces. New research SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is carried out by scientists from the Australian National Science Agency and can linger on non-porous surfaces longer than expected under laboratory conditions.

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