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Mismarked absentee ballots in NYC lead to ‘mass confusion,’ official says

Closeup of 'Vote-by-mail' section on a voter registration form, with ballpoint pen laying on the form.

New York City voters who planned to vote by mail in November’s election are worried their votes will be invalid after residents in two boroughs have complained that their absentee ballots are mismarked.

Nearly 100,000 Brooklyn voters — 99,477 — received ballots bearing someone else’s name and address on the accompanying return envelope, while residents of both Brooklyn and Queens received ballots incorrectly marked as military ballots, the New York City Board of Elections said Tuesday.

Voters will be automatically sent new ballots and a replacement package that includes an explanation of the error.

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