LA officials address mail-in ballot concerns after some decry holes found on envelopes

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office quelled concerns that mail-in ballots for the upcoming recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom are vulnerable to fraud due to two holes on ballot envelopes that reportedly show whether a person voted to recall the governor.

"This has been part of the envelope design for years. The holes serve both an accessibility purpose and a quality assurance purpose after the fact to validate no voted ballots are left unprocessed; an established, recommended practice," the office said on Twitter Thursday.

"The commonly used envelope design does not interfere with postal or sorting equipment."

The tweets from the office came after some California voters voiced concern over the holes, with former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell posting about it on Twitter.

GAVIN NEWSOM SLAMMED FOR MASK 'HYPOCRISY' AND 'IGNORING SCIENCE' BY GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE LARRY ELDER

"@GavinNewsom needs to be asked if his team did this on purpose. This is cheating," Grenell said on Twitter Thursday, accompanied by a TikTok video of a woman voicing concerns over her mail-in ballot.

"This is the sketchy part. This is the crazy part," the woman says in the video, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

"You have to pay attention to these two holes that are in the front of the envelope," she continues. "You can see if someone, from the outside of the mail-in ballot, you can see if somebody has voted yes to recall Newsom. This is very sketchy and irresponsible in my opinion, but this is asking for fraud."

VOTER FRAUD CONCERNS: CALIFORNIA CITY COUNCILMAN, 5 OTHERS FACING CHARGES

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office added in a comment to Fox News Friday that, "the design is a recommended accessibility practice by civic design consultants. The intent and purpose of the holes are two-fold, to assist with accessibility for low vision voters to locate where to sign the envelope and to ensure no ballots were missed and left in envelopes once our office has received and processed them."

"It is important to note that voters have control of how they place their ballot in the envelope and have multiple options for returning their ballots (mail, Ballot Drop Box, or at a Vote Center) to ensure secure and appropriate handling," the comment added, and noted that voters can also track their returned ballots.

It is unclear if the holes are only found on ballot envelopes in Los Angeles County, as Fox News examined a recall ballot sent in San Luis Obispo County and did not see the same design.

The managing editor of Red State, Jennifer Van Laar, also said that "One of my writers in LA County said their ballot isn't like that."

Grenell later responded to the county clerk office’s tweet, criticizing its voting rolls as "a mess."

"Assurance that someone can see who voted YES to recall @GavinNewsom so someone can toss that ballot? And while I have you, stop sending ballots to dead people and non-residents of California. The County’s rolls are a mess. Clean them up," he tweeted.

Newsom’s recall election will be held on Sept.14, and mail-in ballots for the election began shipping to voters this week.

NEWSOM RECALL: LARRY ELDER SAYS HE WILL REPEAL MASK, VACCINE MANDATES IF HE WINS ELECTION

The recall came after Newsom faced sharp criticisms for his handling of the coronavirus, including last November when he was spotted dining in a high-end restaurant maskless and surrounded by people from outside of his own household.

He has since been hit with accusations of "hypocrisy" from his challengers in the race, including apparent Republican front-runner Larry Elder.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

"He was sitting with the very same lobbyists and medical professionals who drafted the mandates they were violating by not wearing masks and by not socially distancing," Elder said in July of Newsom’s dinner.

A poll published Sunday found that 52% of likely voters in the recall election said Newsom should not be ousted, while 48% called for him to be recalled.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting