The California Secretary of State’s office reports San Joaquin County turned in the most food-stained, torn and bent ballots of the state’s 58 counties. All told, the Central Valley county received five thousand mangled ballots on Election Day. That’s 34-hundred more than Los Angeles, the state’s most populous county.
County registrar Deborah Hench said San Joaquin County voters probably aren´t sloppier than their colleagues statewide. She says the county is one of 15 that use several cards depending on where voters live and the number of issues in their region. Hench said the cards could be easily torn or crumpled. Also, absentee voters could have spilled their coffees and sodas and accidentally smeared jelly on them.