TEANECK, NJ (October 8, 2020)--Bergen County Clerk John Hogan said out of 28,151 ballots mailed to registered Teaneck voters, more than a quarter of them — 6,867 voters — had received an incorrect ballot due to the "programming error by the mail house."
Hogan told nj1015.com that because his staff of just seven people, they had to use an outside vendor to keep up with the needs of this year's mainly mail-in ballot general election.
Teaneck Township, with a population of more than 40,600 based on 2018 data, is split between New Jersey’s 5th and 9th Congressional districts.
Hogan said 5,542 corrected mail-in ballots were being sent to Teaneck voters in the 9th Congressional District, while the rest (1,325 corrected ballots) were being sent out to the 5th Congressional District.
Below is the Bergen County Clerk's apology letter sent on October 7 to voters in the 9th and 5th Congressional Districts.
Dear Teaneck Voter,
Due to a programming error by the mailhouse (an outside vendor), some Teaneck Voters were inadvertently sent a ballot with incorrect candidates for the House of Representatives for the November 3, 2020, General Election. We sincerely apologize for this machine error.
Please be advised we were able to find out exactly which Teaneck voters were impacted and have already started the process of reprinting all the supplies needed to re-send ballots to those voters as soon as possible.
By the end of the week, we will be mailing you a brand new set with the correct ballot for your Congressional District. Keep an eye on your mailbox for your ballot which will be marked with the words “CORRECT BALLOT” on both the Outer Envelope and the Return Envelope. The ballots themselves have also been re-printed to say “Correct”. Please complete and return the correct ballot, even if you have cast the previously issued ballot.
The Board of Elections has been made aware and already has procedures in place for replacing the old ballot with the correct ballot for the impacted voters who may have already cast their votes.
We fully understand the impact of this error and are doing all we can to not only fix this, but also make sure it never happens again.
Bergen County Clerk’s Elections Division