A local printing company ignited outrage on Long Island last week after "human error" mistakingly showed Republican and independent voters that their party affiliation had been changed to support Democrats.
Last Tuesday, voters in Nassau County received voter identification cards in the mail. The cards provide voters with critical information about their voting status ahead of next month's primary election. But there was a glaring problem with the cards.
The party affiliation of each and every card told voters they are registered Democrats. That was a jarring discovery for about 500,000 voters in Nassau County who are registered Republicans, independents, and members of other political parties.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman (R) said the mistake understandably upset voters.
"We're already starting to get phone calls from people, saying 'I'm a registered Republican, I'm a registered Conservative — how come I'm being identified as a Democrat? Who changed my registration?' And they're quite upset about it," he said, WNBC-TV reported.
Who is apologizing?
Phoenix Graphics, a printing company located in Rochester, blamed the mistake on "human error."
The company said in a statement, according to WABC-TV:
Phoenix Graphics Inc. made a human error on Voter Information Cards for Nassau County. The voters' party affiliation may have been incorrect on the first mailing however polling site information is correct. We take responsibility for that. As soon as it was discovered we moved immediately to remedy the situation.
This is an isolated event, but we apologize for our mistake, especially to Nassau County officials, who bear no responsibility for this problem. We have fixed the error and at no cost to taxpayers will deliver corrected Voter Information Cards as soon as possible.
County officials confirmed that, despite the issue, each voter's affiliation in the official board of elections system was not impacted. Still, the company is reissuing cards.
"The cards are being reissued today with an apology from the vendor and the correct Party information. All voter information is accurate in our system, this purely a vendor error that is quickly being rectified," said Nassau County Democratic Elections Commissioner Jim Scheuerman.
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