Voters in New York City have received mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election marked for military use despite never having served in the armed forces — causing confusion and concerns over whether the ballots can or should be used.
The misprint makes it appear that the voters received a “Official Military Absentee Ballot” instead of a “Military/Absentee Ballot,” leaving several borough residents who received the documents worried that their votes might not be properly tallied.
“I believe that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, referring to the constituents in his Sunnyside district who have reached out to him about receiving the ballots. “It appears that everyone has gotten this particular ballot.”
Experts from both sides of the political aisle said the typo ultimately wouldn’t matter because the city Board of Elections uses the same ballots for both military voters and traditional absentee voters who live in the same district.
But it comes amid an already gathering storm over whether all absentee ballots would ultimately be counted in the high-stakes presidential election.
“There’s just mass confusion about these ballots and what people are supposed to do with them,” said Van Bramer, who told The Post he has received at least a dozen complaints from constituents.
“People were already not trusting this process and they were already not trusting the Board of Election to count the ballot right.”
Van Bramer said he was informed by the city BOE that the issue stemmed from a typographical error, wherein a dash meant to separate the words “absentee” and “military” was dropped.
“This apparent typo just has everyone confused and believing these are invalid ballots,” he said. “It’s absolutely outrageous that when everyone is watching them, they still screw up the most basic thing, which is printing the ballot correctly.
They may be able to dismiss this as an “apparent typo”, however there’s no way the Military ballots found in the trash was an accident. All Trump votes, by the way.
Was the latest debacle in Virginia, also another accident? Stories like this are popping up all over the country. It makes one wonder….
Does anyone proof read anymore?