Inactive Voter Letter From De Blasio’s Office Confuses Thousands

October 17, 2018 - 9:11 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Thousands of New Yorkers received a letter recently warning them about becoming inactive voters, leading many to think the letter was part of a scam.

Many of the people who got the letter were regular voters whose registrations were not inactive. The letter was dated Oct. 11 -- one day before the deadline for New York registrations. They then reacted with suspicion and took to social media for clarification.

The city’s Board of Election subsequently had a busy day on Twitter reassuring people they were active and that those letters came from somewhere else.

In fact, the mailers came from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, according to his press secretary Eric Phillips.

The mailers were out to 400,000 voters in New York State as part of the mayor's newly-created "Democracy NYC" initiative to get more people to vote.

A Board of Elections spokeswoman said the bad information didn't come from them.

However, De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips still blamed the Board of Elections, saying "no list is perfect."

Voters can be listed as inactive if mail sent to them is returned to the Board of Elections by the post office. Though, inactive voters are still registered and can vote on Election Day.

(© WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)