Some voters say they got wrong ballots for primary elections. Updated forms are on the way.

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With the primary elections just weeks away, some South Florida voters say they’ve received mail-in ballots — only to realize they have the wrong candidates and races on them.

Debby Eisinger, who previously served as Cooper City mayor, is currently a Fort Lauderdale resident and said she was one of the people who received an incorrect ballot.

“It was mailed to my residence, but I knew it wasn’t the right precinct,” Eisinger said. “I knew who the candidates were where I live.

“I went on to my computer and pulled up my voter-registration information, and it opened the sample ballot to sure enough prove that what I received in the mail was not correct.”

In Broward, an error was caused by a computer glitch following this year’s redistricting, which changed district boundaries and voting precincts for many voters. There were 1,577 affected by the issue, Broward Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott told NBC 6. There are 1.23 million people registered to vote in Broward.

In Palm Beach County, a software glitch resulted in 135 “potentially incorrect” ballots, Palm Beach County elections spokeswoman Alison Novoa said. The elections office identified the issue “within days” of their initial mailing on July 18 and immediately sent out updated ballots to those voters, Novoa said. Palm Beach County has 992,000 registered voters.

The Democratic and Republican primaries, along with some elections open to all voters, are later this month, on Aug. 23.

Mail ballots must be back at the county Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day or state law prevents them from being counted. The deadline for voters to request mail ballots is Aug. 13.

Last week, Scott told the South Florida Sun Sentinel they had intentionally held back 25,000 mail ballots to ensure the accuracy of the addresses and to make sure people didn’t receive the wrong ballots.

District boundaries for many elections ― including Congress, state Legislature, County Commission and School Board — have changed since the last election. They’ve been altered to reflect population changes uncovered in the 2020 Census.

The issue with the incorrect ballots happened because a computer-mapping system accidently mixed up ballots in which voters have the same street name and number, but live in a different city, Scott told NBC 6.

For example, someone who lives at 123 Main St. in Cooper City might not be recognized by the mapping system, and might be flagged as 123 Main St. in Hollywood — and the system might even point to a 123 Main St. in Fort Lauderdale.

Eisinger said that other people in her neighborhood had also received the wrong ballot for their district. She said she spoke with Scott, who said they would be having election workers go into the neighborhoods to make sure they have the correct ballots.

Scott did not respond to inquiries from Sun Sentinel on Monday, but Broward County Elections spokesman Ivan Castro said the office would be issuing a statement Tuesday.