San Francisco elections officials are scrambling this week to correct a mailing error that may have left hundreds of city residents with incorrect mail-in ballots for the June 8 statewide primary election.
According to Elections Department Director John Arntz, some residents may have been mailed the wrong ballots because San Francisco’s ballot forms are slightly different than most counties.
Arntz said that during the ballot assembly and mailing process by city-contracted vendor K&H Integrated Print Solutions, based in Everett, Wash., occasionally the envelope would jam and equipment would spray on the wrong address.
“Honestly, I believe it’s less than 500 (mailing errors) at this point,” Arntz said today.
“But of course, every ballot is important,” he said. The Elections Department and the vendor have spent the past two days checking which mailing groups may have been impacted, he said.
“We want to get this locked down as tight as we can, so we know who has been affected,” Arntz said.
Voters who have received incorrect ballots are being contacted by phone, Arntz said.
Anyone who thinks they have received the wrong ballot, or has other concerns about the issue, should contact the Elections Department at (415) 554-4411.
Arntz said he believes the situation will be corrected in time for the June 8 election, and that he hopes to meet with postal officials to approve a modified envelope design for future elections.