New York City voters planning to vote by mail in the November election are concerned that residents in two boroughs complain that their absentee ballots are mismatched.
According to local reports, Brooklyn voters have received ballots with envelopes with someone else’s name and address, while residents of both Brooklyn and Queens have incorrectly received ballots as military ballots.
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“There is just mass confusion about these ballots and what people should do with them,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Braemer told the New York Post in reference to military ballots.
Those ballots read “Official Absentee Military Ballot”, but an Election Commission spokesman confirmed to the Post that it was about to say “Absentee – Military”, but Dash was mistakenly left out.
The Post reported that more than half of the voters had already cast ballots, but the Election Board did not know how much the error was. The spokesman said ballots would be counted, but van Braemer criticized the board for causing panic.
Van Bramer said, “This apparent typo has confused everyone and believes that these are invalid ballots.” It is completely outrageous that when everyone is watching them, they are still spoiling the most basic thing, which is printing the ballot correctly.
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A different problem that Brooklyn voters saw is far more serious. According to the Gothamist, many neighborhood residents received absentee ballots to complete envelopes given with incorrect names and addresses.
If the voter’s signature on their ballot does not match the name on the envelope, their vote may be considered invalid.
Michael Ryan, executive director of the New York City Board of Elections, told Fox News that the printing errors were made by third-party vendor Phoenix Graphics.
“We are determining how many voters have been affected but we can assure that the seller will resolve this problem in future mailings, and ensure that those who have received the wrong envelopes receive new ones,” Ryan said in a statement through a spokesperson. “We will ensure on behalf of voters in Brooklyn that ballot and ballot envelopes are appropriate in the hands of voters on election day so that they can vote.”
Fox News reached out to Phoenix Graphics for comment but has not responded.
The Election Board tweeted on Sunday evening that voters who received the wrong envelope should contact them via direct message, email or phone.
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Voters concerned about their absentee ballots still have the opportunity to vote in person.
Opponents of mass mail-in voting have expressed a number of concerns, including some problems that may face a lack of pre-existing infrastructure to handle a system of voting that differs greatly from previous years Can.