TEANECK, NJ — About 7,000 Teaneck voters recently received mail-in ballots with the wrong congressional district, forcing Bergen County officials to scramble to fix the mistake.
Residents reportedly received ballots containing the names of Congressman Josh Gottheimer and Congressman Bill Pascrell for districts they don’t actually represent.
The error prompted Holly Schepisi, assemblywoman for the 39th District in the New Jersey Legislature to warn Teaneck residents to look over their ballots carefully.
“Make sure the candidates you are voting for actually are your district’s candidates. New ballots are being printed for those households identified as receiving a wrong ballot. If you are one of those households and have already sent in a ballot please be aware that ballot WILL NOT BE COUNTED,” she said on her official Facebook page. “You must vote again when your new ballot comes. Universal mail in ballots…..what could possible go wrong in New Jersey?”
In a tweet, New Jersey Sen. Loretta Weinberg said new ballots will be sent to voters who received incorrect ones in the coming days. Bergen County Clerk John Hogan advised voters who received the wrong ballots to shred them once they receive the new ones, the NorthJersey.com reported.
Officials said the mistake was the result of an error by an outside vendor who prepared the ballots for mailing. The company will foot the cost of replacing the ballots, according to New Jersey Globe.