The National Electoral Board for the province of Buenos Aires has issued a protocol approach intended for polling station authorities and voters in the face of the possible scenario of lost tickets during the runoff this Sunday between Sergio Massa and Javier Miley.
The judicial authorities with electoral jurisdiction in the district of Buenos Aires emphasize that the delivery and replacement of the elements that must be used to vote depend on the political groups, which receive funding from the state to print them.
The judges that make up the Board, Roberto Lemos Arias, Sergio Torres, and Alejo Ramos Padilla, clarified in a document that “one of the groups”, that will compete in the second presidential round, “La Libertad Avanza (LLA), has decided to present a small number of ballots to the Electoral Board”, material sent later to polling locations.
The LLA said before the Electoral Board that its prosecutors will give and replace the ballots during the election.
Therefore, if “table authorities notice a shortage of ballots after periodically checking the darkroom, they must follow the following procedure: require the prosecutor of that group to replace them; if you don’t have it, you need to call the Attorney General of that establishment group to provide them.”
They also emphasized that if there is no attorney general in a polling place, “the delegate should be asked to provide them with a ‘contingency bag'”.
“If there is no existence of the contingency bag, it must be notified to the Electoral Board, so it can inform the group representatives and somehow send ballots to that polling place,” they explained to the Electoral Board.
At the same time, the delegate can check if there are enough other tables in the establishment to move them to the dark room where they disappeared.
The Electoral Board also clarified that while the shortage is resolved, the operation of the table will not stop.
“The president of the table or the delegate shall notify the voters standing in line that there are missing ballots from a group unknown. announcing that there are ballots for a game.”
“It is also not possible (to report the sung vote) if the voter decides to wait for the replacement of the lost ballot; if the lost ballots are replaced, the ones that are still waiting will go through immediately,” it clarified.
In this sense, the Electoral Board emphasized that if a voter “comes out with his empty envelope declaring ‘ballots absent’, the president of the table should return his ID, ask for the return of the envelope, and tell him to wait in line again. until the problem is resolved.”