“East Ramapo officials say a printing glitch caused nearly 60,000 voters to receive postcards directing them to cast ballots from one of the district’s smallest polling locations during next month’s school board election and budget vote.
The cards have turned up in voters’ mailboxes over the past week, telling them to vote at Chestnut Ridge Middle School on May 15 and listing polling-site hours and information about the proposed school budget.
Of the district’s 58,258 registered voters, about 3,400 are assigned to vote at the middle school and the remainder are spread across 12 other sites.
Although changes were anticipated this year due to the district’s roll-out of a plan to reorganize where some residents vote, the erroneous mailers left many puzzled.
As one of six community members on a committee that explored how best to restructure polling sites, Steven White said he’s heard from many people, asking if the mailers were legitimate.
“To make matters worse, there is no explanation of how the error happened,” White said.
On the East Ramapo website, a message reads: “There was an error in the first postcard mailed to district voters. It directed all voters to Chestnut Ridge Middle School, which is not correct. A second postcard with the correct polling places will be mailed at the end of the month.”
Click here for the complete Journal News coverage.