San Pedro resident receives nearly 90 ballots addressed to others

Even though the election is not until next week, an elderly San Pedro lady became concerned when she started receiving ballots in the mail....87 of them!

This stack of voter ballots landed on Margo Valenti's doorstep two weeks ago.

"I think it was crazy. It's a mistake. I voted, but I don't voted that many times," said Valenti.

All 86 were addressed to her San Pedro address, where's she lived for over 30 years.

"I'm scared that it's a scam," said Valenti.

She fears it's the type of scam Republican nominee Donald Trump describes at his rallies.

"The system is corrupt and it's rigged. And it's broken," said Trump.

Her neighbors says although they all came to the same address the name on each envelope, was different.

"I don't even look, I don't even want to bother with that baloney," said Margo.

Her neighbors Jerry and Madalena Mosna helped her return them to a post office clerk.

She was very surprised to see it," said Mosna

The Post Office said in a statement they don't comment publicly on specific incidents, but there are few, and they are in touch with the county's registrar's office.

The Registrar's Office says this appears to be an isolated incident where a system error caused duplicate ballots.

We decided to track down one of the owners of one of the ballots and we found Delia Maria Sanchez, who lives 2 miles away from Margo in San Pedro.

Her ballots was included in the stack of 86.

But her husband tells us, she mailed in her ballot last week, and they've lived at the home for about 50 years.

Margo's neighbors say they find it hard to believe this issue only involves a few dozen people

Just Wednesday....Margo received an 87th ballot

"If it's happening here, I think it's happening all around the country," said Neighbor John Carcchiolo.

Post Office Spokesman Richard Maher sent us this statement:

The United States Postal Service has indicated that they returned all of the improperly addressed ballots to our office.  It is important for the public to know that we have a full accounting of ballots issued and returned in the election.  Under California Election Law, all voted mail ballots are signature checked against the signature on the voters’ original registration prior to being cleared for processing and tabulation; providing a safeguard against someone other than the registered voter completing and submitting a ballot.

The U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service refrain from commenting publicly on the substance of these incidents, which are relatively few. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, a federal law enforcement agency, has contacted the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office to offer assistance in this matter. We also decline to discuss specifics of our security protocols in order to help preserve their effectiveness.
 
The Postal Service and Postal Inspection Service remain vigilant in monitoring the processing of official election and political campaign mail across the country. We work together to address any concerns that might arise and help ensure the integrity of the world’s largest mail system.
 
Full statement from Dean Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk:

We received a report mid-day today about this occurrence.  We are carefully reviewing our records and gathering information to fully identify what took place.  Our preliminary assessment is that this appears to be an isolated situation related to a system error that occurred causing duplicate ballots to be issued to an address entered for a single voter.  We are working directly with the system vendor to ensure the issue is addressed and to identify any similar occurrences.

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