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Authorities Find Thousands of Uncounted Votes in Puerto Rico a Week After the Election

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Puerto Rico’s elections commission announced on Wednesday that it has found over 100 briefcases containing uncounted ballots a week after the island held its general election.

Puerto Rico’s elections commission announced on Wednesday that it has found over 100 briefcases containing uncounted ballots a week after the island held its general election.

The commission’s new president Francisco Rosado said during a press conference in San Juan that the briefcases were discovered in a secure vault and blamed the situation on what he said was an understaffed and underfunded administrative board responsible for counting a record number of early votes.

“We’ve identified, much to our regret, a disorganization in the handling of material in the vaults. Misplaced. Poorly organized. We have to admit that,” Rosado told local reporters.

Rosado also explained he didn’t know yet how many total votes are in the 127 briefcases, pointing out that some contained three ballots and others 500 ballots. Officials in Puerto Rico initially said there were 182 briefcases but later revised the number.

 “Every vote will be counted. I have to tell the people of Puerto Rico to trust the transparency of the process,” he said.