If you received your absentee ballot and it’s got the wrong name on the return envelope, raise your hand. Both Gothamist and The New York Times reported a “printing error” as the cause of the literal mix-ups. As many as 100,000 absentee ballots were sent with return envelopes mismatched to the intended voter.
The vendor responsible, Phoenix Graphics, has agreed to pay the cost of reprinting and resending corrected ballots to all those affected. This informative article from The City provides more background on the vendor and its relationship with the Board of Elections.
So, what should you do?
- Do NOT return your incorrect ballot.
- You can still vote by mail. Your ballot should be re-sent automatically. But, you may request a new one online at nycabsentee.com, by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC, or emailing a pdf of a required form to Apply4Absentee@boe.nyc. The deadline to request a new ballot is October 27th. You may still vote in-person even if you have requested a mail-in ballot. NOTE: Do not be alarmed if your ballot reads Military Absentee ballot. It is valid.
- Vote early! Early voting begins on October 24th and runs through November 1st, hours vary by day. Check HERE to find your early polling site. NOTE: It may differ from your usual location.
- Vote on November 3rd: Find your election day polling location HERE.
DO NOT return envelopes to their rightful owners. If that person uses it to vote, the bar code next to the name on the return envelope may not match the signature, which would render their vote ineligible. Instead, throw it away. The rightful owner will receive a new ballot in the mail.
Happy voting, everyone!