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By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Oct 18, 2016 at 12:25 PM
Updated:  Oct 18, 2016 at 4:50 PM

San Bernardino County voters will receive their mail ballots later than normal due to an error by a vendor used by the county Elections Office, Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello said Tuesday. Voters should receive ballots by the end of this week at the latest, he said.

“Because of a vendor error,” Scarpello told the Daily Press, “they had a one-day delay in their shipment (to the post office), so they didn’t start arriving last Friday, they started arriving last Saturday.”

The elections office ultimately sent 485,000 voter ballots to the post office; big shipments on Saturday and Sunday and a small shipment Tuesday.

“The post office should have all the ballots as of today,” Scarpello said.

But it was unclear exactly how much delay will be caused by missing Friday’s expected delivery, as Scarpello wasn’t familiar with the post office’s internal process, and a message left with the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday to glean the delivery timeline was not immediately returned.

The error and subsequent delay, however, has caused concern among some local political candidates, with one suggesting that significant sums of money were spent by office-seekers to get their message out and time campaign mailers with the delivery of voter ballots.

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