Voters’ Mailed-In Ballots Returned To Them In Ocean County

“A relatively small number” of ballots have been returned to voters by the Postal Service, instead of delivered to the Board of Elections.

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Some Ocean County voters who filled out their ballots and mailed them to the Board of Elections have wound up back in their mailboxes, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella said county officials have received “a relatively small number of inquiries” about the United States Postal Service returning completed vote-by-mail ballots to the voters, instead of delivering them to the county’s Board of Elections.

The envelopes for returning vote-by-mail ballots had a revision this year, Colabella said, adding a window for the return address of the voter. The change was a request from the Board of Elections to improve their processing of returned ballots, he said.

The revised envelope was officially approved for mailing by graphic arts officials at the Postal Service for use, Colabella said.


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