New York City’s board of elections will mail absentee ballots to about 100,000 voters who received ballots with return envelopes addressed to other people.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the co-chairman of New York’s state Board of Elections confirmed that an official with the city’s Board of Elections had confirmed that corrected ballots would be sent out at a meeting that morning.
The statewide Board of Elections was asked by Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNYC resending absentee ballots to roughly 100,000 people New York City reports uptick in COVID-19 cases as schools try to reopen Will winter bring a new round of COVID-19 outbreaks? MORE (D) to assist city officials after numerous city residents reported on social media their experiences of receiving ballots or return envelopes addressed to family members or sometimes even strangers, a spokeswoman for the governor reportedly said Tuesday.
“To say that we’re troubled by this is the understatement of the year,” said Cuomo’s press secretary Melissa DeRosa at a news conference, according to Bloomberg.
The head of the state Senate’s elections committee, Zellnor Myrie (D), added to Bloomberg that he had been told the issue would be resolved “rather quickly.”
The move to correct the issue comes a day after the citywide Board of Elections confirmed the error and blamed it on a graphics company contracted by the city to create the mailings. The issue primarily affected residents of Brooklyn and Queens.
“We are determining how many voters have been affected but we can assure that the vendor will addresses this problem in future mailings, and make sure people who received erroneous envelopes receive new ones,” Michael Ryan told The Hill on Monday in an emailed statement. “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.”