The District Attorney in Contra Costa County, California, is investigating a report that 113 people voted twice in the state’s June primary election.
The investigation could result in criminal charges – although Jeff Koertzen, the democratic committee chair for Contra Costa County says it’s not the voters’ fault.
“It would be a miscarriage of justice to actually charge these 113 people with a crime,” said Koertzen. “They were told by people in the clerk’s office that you can go ahead and send in more than one ballot.”
Koertzen claims voters were told that only one of their votes would be counted. Others voted by mail, dropped off their ballot, and then proceeded to fill out another one at the station, reports NBC Bay Area News.
Brushing aside the investigation, Koertzen said it may just be a “scare tactic” and could discourage voters from returning to the polls in November.
“That is a problem when our clerk and our DA are then scaring people and wanting to prevent them from casting a ballot because of the potential for charging them with a crime,” he said.
An employee at the County Clerk’s office, Joe Canciamilla, explained how people could have gotten extra ballots.
“If they were re-registering in a different party or if they were going from no party preference to a presidential ballot, they would get extra ballots,” he said.
It is unknown which candidate received the double votes – whether Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump – but officials say it was not enough to change the outcome of the race.
This investigation being reported is just relating to Contra Costa County alone.