The Atlantic County Clerk’s Office says residents who applied for a mail-in ballot in this year’s general election may have received an envelope with the wrong ZIP code for the return address.
However, no ballots have been misplaced and all will be counted, provided residents fill them out correctly.
Deputy County Clerk Mike Sommers said Monday some of the mail-in ballots have the ZIP code for Mays Landing as 08830 instead of the correct 08330 on the return address.
The latter is the ZIP code for Iselin, Middlesex County.
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Sommers said that despite the error, the ballots are still being delivered to the right place because the bar code that gets scanned at the post office has the correct address attached to it.
“The bar code trumps the physical address, so there has been no issue getting the ballots back,” Sommers said.
Lynn Caterson, a member of the Atlantic County Board of Elections, said she has received no complaints from residents about the wrong ZIP code. She said about 12,000 people applied for mail-in ballots this year.
A new state law implemented this year could increase the number of mail-in votes the county clerk’s office receives every election.
The law states that if you mailed in your ballot in the 2016 elections, you are now considered a mail-in voter and your county clerk now has to automatically mail you a ballot soon.
If you get a mail-in ballot but show up at the polls on Election Day, you will not be allowed in the voting booth. Instead, you will have to fill out a provisional ballot.
Election Day is Nov. 6.