An erroneous vote-by-mail ballot that was mailed to South Orange households last week is being corrected and the South Orange Village Clerk is taking steps to ensure that the ballot is corrected and that all residents on the vote-by-mail list are being personally contacted.
The faulty ballot listed two Trustee candidates — Bob Zuckerman and Ed Moore — as candidates for Village President. There are only two candidates who have filed for Village President: Sheena Collum and Deborah Davis Ford. Zuckerman and Moore are among 9 candidates for Trustee, along with Donna Coallier, Summer Jones, Bobby Brown, Toshie Davis, Matt Wonski, Stacey Borden and Ed Grossi.
At the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting last night, Village Clerk Kevin Harris explained that a new vote-by-mail ballot has been submitted to the Essex County Clerk and will be mailed to all the individuals on the vote by mail list shortly. A letter has also been posted on the on the southorange.org website (see below) explaining the error and the steps being taken to correct it. Harris also said that his office will also hand deliver a copy of that letter to all individuals on the vote-by-mail list.
Letter from Village Clerk Kevin Harris on South Orange Township website:
Error in Printing of Vote by Mail Ballots
An open letter to residents and voters in the Township of South Orange Village who have requested, received and/or returned Vote By Mail Ballots for the 2019 Municipal Election to be held in the Township of South Orange Village on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
April 8, 2019
RE: Error in Printing of Vote by Mail Ballots – 2019 Municipal Election
Dear Residents and Voters All:
By now as I am sure that many, if not all of you are aware; there appeared an error in the Vote by Mail Ballots where Mr. Moore and Mr. Zuckerman were erroneously listed as Candidates for Village President. under column 1 (Mr. Zuckerman was erroneously listed under 1C instead of 2C, and Mr. Moore was erroneously listed under 1D instead of 2D). This ballot has been mailed out to several residents already and it came to my attention this past Saturday, April 6, 2019, at which time we in the Clerk’s Office took immediate action to correct the error.
Please be advised that the problem has been corrected and the Essex County Clerk’s Office this week, on behalf of the Township of South Orange Village shall be sending the new amended ballot which properly has the candidates placed to all voters who have either: requested, received and/or returned the erroneously printed Vote by Mail ballots. This letter shall be included with the amended and corrected ballot, and I respectfully request that you disregard the ballot previously sent. Nothing regarding this error shall affect the Sample Ballots that shall be mailed soon showing the position of the Candidates on the Ballot or the position of the Candidates on the Voting Machines for the May 14, 2019, Municipal Election. Should anyone have any questions or should you wish to discuss further; please do not hesitate to contact me at (973) 378-7715, ext. 7722; or by email at: [email protected]. Again, please accept my apology for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. With kind regards, I remain
Very truly yours,
KEVIN D. HARRIS