Remember how well the primary went with mail-in ballots for New York’s primary? Somewhere in Brooklyn or Queens, election officials may still be counting ballots — or throwing them out — for the June contest. It took weeks to figure out who won those primaries in some cases, and spoilage/invalidation rates went off the charts, reaching past 20% in New York City.
Those might turn out to be the good ol’ days for Big Apple mail voting. Astute voters began noticing yesterday that the absentee ballots sent out to them had the names of others on the interior return envelope. That mismatch would invalidate every ballot sent back to the precincts, meaning that New York City voters who have already completed this process have likely already been disenfranchised:
With five weeks left until the Nov. 3 election, many voters are eager to cast their ballots absentee and early. A growing number of registered voters in Brooklyn, however, received ballots on Monday with an incorrect return address.
Such voters include Anders Kapur, who has voted absentee in the past without any problems. By his account, the ballot was marked with his correct information, including his address and voter ID number, but the return envelope was addressed to a completely different person. …
A Board of Election spokesperson told News 4 that a vendor hired to print and distribute ballots to voters in Queens and Brooklyn was responsible for the error.
“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,” the spokesperson said, adding the proper ballots and envelopes would get to voters in advance of Nov. 3.