SAN DIEGO – About 5,000 voters received photocopied absentee ballots this week because the San Diego County Registrar of Voters ran out of regular ballots. The county sent the photocopies after demand for absentee ballots in Tuesday’s election proved unusually high and a printing order wasn’t completed fast enough. Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas said, “Their votes will be counted.” When the photocopied ballots are returned, registrar’s employees will copy votes onto regular ballots. These will be then run through optical scanners and counted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’To remake a ballot, one registrar’s employee reads it, another marks a new ballot, then both check the results and sign off on it. The Democratic Party has asked for observers to be on hand when the ballots are remade. Ballots are remade every election, for instance after military personnel deployed overseas fax their votes in. It’s not illegal for a registrar’s office to issue copies of ballots.