Election 2018Hot Sheet

60,000 ballots not delivered in Adams County; duplicates sent in Weld County

Author: 9News - October 24, 2018 - Updated: October 24, 2018

About 60,000 ballots were not delivered to voters in Adams County after a truckload of them went missing.

Adams County Clerk and Recorder Stan Martin’s office has offered varying descriptions of the ballots’ whereabouts since Monday. On Tuesday, he said the ballots had been located on the lot of a shipping company and would be processed for immediate delivery.

Four trailer trucks carrying ballots were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service’s General Mail Facility on Oct. 15, according to a statement issued by Martin’s office. One of the trucks was not unloaded at that facility, according to the statement, and the ballots in that truck were not processed by USPS. Martin’s office said it is still trying to determine the cause.

“We’re not exactly sure at this point, it’s under investigation what happened to the other truck,” said Martin.

USPS spokesperson David Rupert said that the Postal Service was never in possession of the truck or the ballots, and can’t confirm if the truck ever came to the facility.

“None of us are entirely sure right now so it’s hard for us to dissect it but we’re starting to do the deep dive on that,” said Rupert.

Separately, Weld County sent duplicate ballots to 827 voters. Ballot packets printed with “subpar” address labels were reprinted and sent out to the affected voters a second time.

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