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Hundreds Of Absentee Ballots Delivered 5 Months After 2017 Election

June 01, 2018 - 4:31 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Hundreds of people in Brooklyn will get letters from the city Board of Elections saying their votes in last year's election didn't count, even though they mailed their ballots on time.

In late April, two loads of mail arrived at the Board of Elections containing 533 absentee ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 7 of last year. 

The ballots would have counted in the election had they arrived in a reasonable time.

"It is egregious," Board Executive Director Michael Ryan said.

So what happened? 

"Some baskets of mail that were bound to the New York City Board of Elections were put off to the side at the Brooklyn processing facility and eventually discovered, and upon discovery, delivered to the Board of Elections," Ryan said.

A letter from the postmaster says the post office was under the impression the board was supposed to pick up the ballots.

"The Board of Elections was under no obligation whatsoever to pick any of that mail up from the facility," Ryan said.

The postal service has taken responsibility, Ryan said.

He says the ballots were spread across many districts and no vote outcomes were affected.