Candidates and activists are now claiming in a lawsuit that thousands of properly cast ballots mailed in on time were invalidated because they lacked postmarks.
The state Board of Elections said it’s too early to know how many ballots didn’t make it out to people in time, or were discarded because the Postal Service failed to postmark them.
“It’s very unfortunate that the Postal Service was unable to fully carry out what they have acknowledged was their responsibility in postmarking the mail,” said state board of elections spokesman John Conklin.
A spokesperson for the Postal Service said it is addressing the issue.
Five states — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah — have conducted all elections by mail for years with relatively streamlined systems, while 21 other states allow localities to opt into mail-in elections, according to National Conferences of State Legislatures.
Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner called it “unacceptable and…