SALT LAKE CITY — Election officials say nearly 70,000 ballots went out to the wrong people in the primary election to replace U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Utah County officials said Friday that Republican ballots accidently sent to unaffiliated voters won’t derail the election.

Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson says officials can identify unaffiliated ballots with a bar code and remove them before tallying the Republican race.

Thompson says he plans to send out mailers telling unaffiliated voters they can vote in the Republican primary, but only if they come to the polls on Aug. 15 and register as Republicans.

He says a coding error caused the problem with 68,0000 ballots during the county’s first vote-by-mail election.