Some in NYC Get Absentee Ballots With Wrong Return Address


Some New York City voters have received absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses on the return envelopes, elections officials confirmed Tuesday.

The faulty ballots were sent to an unknown number of voters in Brooklyn and could result in some ballots being voided if voters sign their own name on return envelopes bearing different names.

The city Board of Elections is blaming the problem on the vendor that was contracted to print and mail the ballots for voters in Brooklyn and Queens.

“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,” Board of Elections executive director Michael J. Ryan said in a statement.

He said the proper ballots and envelopes would get to voters before the Nov. 3 election.

If someone received an absentee ballot with the wrong information, he or she should contact the Board of Elections, either by calling (548)-474-6220, or emailing

The error affecting general election ballots comes after delays counting New York City absentee ballots forced candidates in two Democratic congressional primaries to wait six weeks before a winner was declared.

Fears over the coronavirus pandemic prompted more than 400,000 New York City residents to vote by absentee ballot during the primary, a figure that was 10 times the number of absentee ballots cast in the 2016 primary.

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