A “mapping error” led to nearly 30,000 voters in Pennsylvania receiving wrong ballots ahead of November’s election, officials said Wednesday.
The incorrect batch of ballots — 28,879, to be exact — was mailed out to residents in Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, on Sept. 28 by contractor Midwest Direct, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
About 20 voters contacted county officials last week saying they’d gotten the wrong ballot, with the company then discovering that a “ballot image mapping error” led to the mistaken dispatch.
The county said the error “resulted in individual voter’s information being matched to the ballot for the next voter in that batch.”
New ballots — marked “corrected ballot” on the envelope — will be sent and voters can expect to receive them next week, the county told the Post-Gazette. The correct ballots will also include a letter explaining the snafu and instructing the voter to destroy the old ballot if they still have it.