Some Brooklyn Voters Received Wrong Absentee Ballots

An election worker surveys absentee ballots. (Reuters/Jonathan Drake)

Multiple Brooklynites who requested absentee ballots this year are reporting having received other people’s ballots.

One Brooklyn voter, who spoke to Hamodia and asked to be identified only as David, checked his mail late Monday night and found absentee ballots addressed to him, his mother and his father.

But when the family opened the envelopes, they found that all three contained ballots meant for other people: David’s envelope contained the ballot with the name of his father; David’s father’s envelope contained the ballot with David’s mother’s name; and David’s mother’s envelope contained the ballot of someone else who lived on the same block.

The upshot is that while David’s father and mother at least have their own ballots in their hands now, David does not.

David’s uncle, who lives in another Brooklyn neighborhood, also told him that he received the ballot of another voter, who lives on the same street but two blocks down.

David said he will reach out to the Board of Elections to determine his next step, but worries that his real ballot is in someone else’s hands now.

The Board of Elections did not immediately respond early Tuesday morning to Hamodia’s inquiries about the matter.

Voters in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, and Sunset Park told Gothamist/WNYC that they experienced the same issue.

According to the report published in Gothamist, the Board of Elections is aware of the problem, which it has attributed to an error made by the vendor that had been contracted to print and mail the ballots for Brooklyn and Queens voters. The Board of Elections does not know how it will fix this issue, but Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan said the Board will make sure that the vendor addresses this problem in future mailings.

According to Gothamist, more than 140,000 absentee ballots have been mailed out in Brooklyn. The Board of Elections does not know how many such mistakes have been made, but has not received any such reports in any other borough.

If someone received an absentee ballot with the wrong information, he or she should contact the Board of Elections, either by calling (518)-474-6220, or emailing

Updated Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:36 pm .