New York City voters mailed incorrect ballots ahead of election

Graeme Massie
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Voters in New York City say they have been sent incorrect mail-in ballots (AFP via Getty Images)
Voters in New York City say they have been sent incorrect mail-in ballots (AFP via Getty Images)

Voters in New York City say they have been sent mail-in ballots mistakenly printed with wrong names, voter IDs and even incorrect return labels.

Some said they got absentee ballots mislabelled for members of the military, while others said their ballots did not have the right name or address.

“There’s just mass confusion about these ballots and what people are supposed to do with them,” Democratic city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told the New York Post.

“People were already not trusting this process and they were already not trusting the Board of Elections to count the ballot right.”

Voters have to sign their names on the ballot when they return it to be tallied, meaning they could be voided because the names and signatures do not match, reported The Hill.

The New York City Board of Elections said that the mistake was made by a vendor contracted to print and mail ballots in Brooklyn and Queens.

A string of voters took to social media to raise the issue and complain to the BOE.

"We are determining how many voters have been affected but we can assure that the vendor will address this problem in future mailings, and make sure people who received erroneous envelopes receive new ones," BOE executive director Michael Ryan told The Hill.

"We will ensure on behalf of the voters in Brooklyn that the proper ballots and ballot envelopes are in the hands of the voters in advance of Election Day so they can vote.”

Donald Trump has repeatedly tried to cast doubt on mail-in voting and alleged voter fraud, even though the president himself mailed in his ballot in Florida earlier this year.

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