NJ woman receives 4 mail-in ballots addressed to 4 different people

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SUMMIT, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A New Jersey woman received four mail-in ballots addressed to four different people ahead of Election Day.

Angela, of Summit, told WCBS 880 that she got all four ballots in the past month.

“I thought, you know, whatever, it’s probably just a mistake. But I wasn’t sure what to do about it, so I just threw them away so no one who didn’t own the ballots could use them,” she said.

Angela, who is from Greece, wasn’t expecting any ballots since she’s a green-card holder who can’t vote yet.

She said she got rid of the first two ballots she received but kept the second two and is now wondering what the right course of action is.

Jesse Burns, with the League of Women Voters in New Jersey, said instead of throwing ballots out, people should contact local officials, or else they’ll keep getting election mail under those names.

“Voters should make sure to update their addresses when they move. Make sure to re-register to vote at your new address,” Burns said.

She said if voters do receive another person’s ballot, they should write “return to sender” and “no longer at this address” and send it back so it doesn’t happen again.

And if you haven’t received your ballots yet, Burns said you should contact your county clerk as soon as possible.

Officials say this upcoming week is crunch-time for voters to make sure they receive their mail-in or absentee ballots if they wish to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 elections.