SNAFU Sends Incorrect Election Info To 260k Homes

A SNAFU by Elections New Brunswick resulted in more than 260,000 households receiving incorrect information about November municipal elections.

Officials say residents could receive a letter claiming they are not having an election when they are. Others may receive one claiming they are having an election when they are not.

The province is blaming the error on “a mix-up in the name on files sent to the vendor who printed the content and packaged the envelopes for Elections NB.”

“The mistake, introduced after the files were sent to the supplier, was not caught by us during the proofing process,” said Kim Poffenroth, chief electoral officer for Elections New Brunswick.

To clear up confusion, the agency is printing material in newspapers and flyers for areas where elections take place and all of the positions up for election.

“Voters who live in areas having an election will be sent voter information cards by us in mid-November, indicating when and where they can vote,” said Poffenroth.

The province listed the following communities as not having elections:

  • Belledune
  • Campobello Island
  • Dieppe
  • Fredericton
  • Fredericton Junction
  • Grand Manan
  • McAdam
  • Memramcook
  • Miramichi
  • Moncton
  • Neguac
  • New Maryland
  • Quispamsis
  • Riverview
  • Rothesay
  • Saint John
  • Tracy
  • Upper Miramichi

Residents in the rest of New Brunswick, including those in unincorporated rural areas, will have some form of election.

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