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Absentee ballots for November 2017 election delivered in April 2018

Communication failure between Postal Service, Board of Elections

June 1, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Last month, the city’s Board of Elections received 2,000 pieces of belated mail, including hundreds of absentee ballots that should have been counted in the November 2017 election. The ballots, which were postmarked in early November, arrived at the BOE on April 24 and 25, according to WNYC.

New York Postmaster Elvin Mercado last week said there was a “verbal agreement” between the BOE and the Postal Service, permitting elections officials to pick up ballots during the election season. “Regrettably, local [Postal Service] management failed to follow up and did not continue delivery because they expected a pick-up,” he wrote. However, Elections Commissioner Michael Ryan contested that account, saying the agreement “is not a replacement for first-class mail delivery.”


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