Last week, New York voters in Nassau County on Long Island were astonished to learn that they are all Democrats — even those who are not.
Voters in the county received voter information cards containing information about the upcoming primaries, including the designated voting location and the eligible primary based on party enrollment, in the mail on Tuesday.
According to WNBC-TV, all voters in this county with a Republican leaning were inadvertently marked as Democrats. The error affected approximately 500,000 electors, according to the news source.
“We’re already starting to get phone calls from people, saying, ‘I’m a registered Republican, I’m a registered Conservative — how come I’m being identified as a Democrat? Who changed my registration?’ And they’re quite upset about it,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman told the outlet.
“There’s a lot of confusion, there’s a lot of people emotionally upset about this,” he said, CBS News added. “We believe that this is an error on the part of the mailing house that the Board of Elections used.”
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“We have been assured that to the over 900,000 registered active voters in Nassau County, they will get the correct voter card this time,” Blakeman noted further.
According to WABC-TV, the Rochester printer Phoenix Graphics issued an apology.
“Phoenix Graphics Inc. made a human error on Voter Information Cards for Nassau County. The voter’s party affiliation may have been incorrect on the first mailing however, polling site information is correct. We take responsibility for that. As soon as it was discovered, we moved immediately to remedy the situation,” the company said.
“This is an isolated event, but we apologize for our mistake, especially to Nassau County officials, who bear no responsibility for this problem. We have fixed the error and at no cost to taxpayers will deliver corrected Voter Information Cards as soon as possible,” the statement added.
However, many residents, particularly Republicans, were unhappy.
“Is it neglectful for a company to send out such an essential document? That’s not acceptable,” Amura Dillon, a resident of Mineola, told a local publication.
“I have no faith in this country today, regarding what the politics are. I’m going to vote Republican primary day, and Democrat on that is not going to affect it,” GOP voter George Klein told WNBC.
“It certainly seems to be inadvertent but feeds also public criticism about government officials — whether it’s competency, paranoia,” added Lawrence Levy, the Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, according to WNYW-TV.
Blakeman, however, rejected the notion that the incident was deliberate.
“I don’t think the Democratic Party is engaged in a conspiracy to create havoc in their own primaries,” he said. “I don’t think the Democratic Party wants a bunch of Republicans showing up to vote in their primaries.”
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