New York City Voters Receive Absentee Ballot Envelopes With Wrong Addresses

Johnny Nguyen 07:10

The ballots came with return envelopes mislabeled with a different voter's name and address.

A number of voters in New York City on Monday received absentee ballots with return envelopes mislabeled with a different voter’s name and address, adding to the chaos surrounding the influx of mail-in voting this election season.

The city’s Board of Elections attributed the incorrect envelopes to “an outside vendor error.” A private company was contracted to print and mail the ballot packets, according to Gothamist and WNYC.

Voters who have encountered this problem should call or email the Board of Elections to receive a new, corrected envelope. Returning the ballot with the wrong voter’s name and address would render it invalid.

Across the country, the surge in mail-in voting and a flurry of changing voting procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused headaches for many voters and election officials.

For New York City voters, this is the second ballot printing error this week. Earlier Monday, election officials said the absentee ballots have been mislabeled “absentee military ballot.” The ballots should have read “absentee/military ballot.”

They stressed that these ballots are valid and will be counted.

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