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Hundreds Of Kern County Voters Claim Voter Ballots Were Ripped, Tampered With

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Hundreds of Kern County voters believe their mail-in ballots were tampered with after receiving them partially ripped this week. 23ABC’s Tori Cooper spoke to the Kern County Elections Department Auditor-Controller Mary Bedard to find out why voters may be experiencing this and she also talked to a voter to get their response.

Bedard told 23ABC News Wednesday, that she isn’t completely sure why some mail-in ballots were ripped by the bar code area but she said it could be a post office mechanical error.

“The ripped portion is it I think… it just has to do with when it had to go through the postal equipment. I think some of them may have gotten ripped but there is nothing at all wrong with it and there’s really no problem with it,” she said.

Even though Bedard said it may be a postal equipment issue she said she is still not completely sure why this is happening to some ballots rather than others. She said that all mail-in ballots are also supposed to have the barcode on the outside and that they are not intended to be sent out where it would require a person or a machine to open it.

Many pictures were also sent to 23ABC by local Kern County voters, showing how their ballots were all ripped in the same area where the bar code should be. There is typically also a clear film over the barcode area so that the code is visible with… (Read more)

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