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Frio County Elections Administrator Carlos Segura is confirming this week that although there is a possibility that voters may receive two ballots by mail, voting twice is nearly impossible.
Segura confirmed this week that a thorough check of mail-in ballots show that two people received two ballots each. However, the election administrator’s office has not confirmed whether the ballots were for the same election.
Currently, Frio County has four elections, namely for places on the Pearsall and Devine school districts’ boards of trustees (as the Devine ISD coverage area overlaps a portion of the Frio County map), the Pearsall city council, and the general election that includes federal, state and local offices.
“We did have one person come in to return a ballot, saying that her parent had received two ballots in the same envelope,” Segura noted in an email Monday afternoon. “But this also has not been confirmed from the voter.”
Segura said his office is unaware if the duplicate ballots came in the same envelope and that as of presstime his office had not received the voter’s ballot.
“However, ballots can indeed be stuck together like new dollar bills,” Segura said. “We try to be very careful, but I must admit there may be some human error.”
The standard practice statewide mandates that when a mail-in ballot is received at the election office the signature on the envelope is matched with the voter’s original application for a request to vote by mail.
According to Segura, the individual applications for request for ballot my mail and the returned ballot are then sent together in a jacket to the Secretary of State’s early ballot board for verification.
The board reviews signatures, precinct assignments, date stamps and confirmation of out-of-county requests for mail-in ballots.
“If there would be any duplicate ballots returned, there are several check points that would ensure only one ballot could be counted,” Segura said.
Segura urges anyone who may have received two ballots for the same election return it to his office.
“It is almost impossible to vote twice,” the elections administrator said, “and I know of nobody in the past seven years as voting twice in Frio County. I further note that it is a felony for anyone to vote twice.”