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Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz announced actionsher office is taking in response to a printer error involving the sealing ofthe outer envelopes used to deliver Vote-by-Mail ballots.
Schwartz said the County’s printing vendor used the wrongenvelopes while preparing the Vote-by-Mail ballots, which caused them to be ineffectivelymachine-sealed with defective tabs. The issue has been remedied. However, aninitial batch of ballots were mailed to voters in Evesham, Willingboro andLumberton before the error was discovered, so some of those envelopes may comeopen during the mailing process.
If any ballot envelopes arrive and appear opened, voters shouldcheck to make sure they contain a ballot, an instructions letter, certifiedballot envelope and a prepaid postage return envelope.
“Voters should know that the integrity of their ballotsthemselves are not in question and our office has responded quickly to remedy thesituation. However, in the interest of full transparency, we want voters to knowabout the situation and that remedies are available for any voter who is notcompletely confident,” Schwartz said. “Any voters concerned about a ballot witha defective seal can request a replacement Vote-by-Mail ballot or can voteprovisionally at their assigned polling place. “
The County has safeguards in place to confirm that each votercasts only one ballot and that they do not vote by mail and in-person.
“The election is the foremost priority of my office and we willnot rest until every voter can be assured that their ballot is secure and thattheir ability to vote is not in jeopardy,” Schwartz said.
A new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, was createdspecifically for voters to contact the Clerk’s Office with any questions orconcerns about their Vote-by-Mail ballots.
The Clerk’s Office can be reached directly by phone at 609-265-5229.