Elections officials ask voters to stop disinfecting mail-in ballots

October 17, 2020

Sacramento County elections officials are asking people to stop disinfecting their mail-in ballots.

“Voters do not have to worry about contracting COVID from their mail-in ballots,” said Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, Registrar of Voters in Sacramento County.

Officials said the ballots themselves were processed by machines weeks ago and are safe to handle.

The registrar told KCRA 3 they have received at least 100 ballots damaged by disinfectant and alcohol spray. In one case, someone even microwaved their ballot in an attempt to get rid of any germs.


Elections officials say these actions damage your ballot and prevent your vote from being properly counted.

We understand if for the outgoing white envelope that you get that maybe the mail service carrier may have touched, you want to kind of hold that aside for 24 hours,” Bailey-Kanelos said. “Everything inside the pink return envelope, the ballots themselves, they have been inserted by a machine weeks ago, so they are safe.”