Montgomery County Warns of Thousands of Defective Ballots – NBC10 Philadelphia
Montgomery County officials warn of thousands of spurious general election ballots that were sent to voters.
County election officials learned Friday evening that some 16,000 mail-in ballots were improperly printed by its ballot supplier, NPC, and sent to residents, county spokeswoman Kelly said on Saturday. Cofrancisco, in a press release. Defective ballots were printed on one side only.
NPC CEO Chip Gallaher said in a written statement that the company regrets the error and is working to ensure that affected voters get a new ballot. “Once the error was recognized, we immediately stopped production and started investigating. Our investigation determined that a programming error caused the last page of the ballot to be omitted, ”said Gallaher.
Voters who have received a defective ballot are asked to destroy the ballot and the envelopes. Montgomery County Voter Services will cancel incorrect ballots and automatically reissue new double-sided ballots to affected residents, who will be notified by mail, email or phone, Cofrancisco said.
The corrected ballots are expected to be released next week.
“It does not meet the standard we expect from the AFN,” Montgomery County Election Officer Dori Sawyer said in a written statement. “Upon notification of the error, we began to work with the State Department, taking the appropriate steps to revoke the incorrect ballots and issue replacements. We appreciate the patience of our constituents as we re-issue the corrected ballots. “
County officials apologized for “the inconvenience this will cause voters.” Voters van view examples of ballot papers on the Montgomery County Website.