Update: El-Abd says the error was made by a printer who was contracted to print the poll books, and that the number of voters affected are minimal. She said a Superior Court Judge ruled today that a voter who can show a government-issued photo ID may vote on the machines, even if the signature is not available in the book.
There are reports from Passaic County that a mistake with the printing of poll books left out signatures for at least 7,000 newly-registered voters, and possibly others, according to a local elections source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Superintendent of Elections & Commissioner of Registration Sherine El-Abd has asked the county clerk’s office to print an additional 21,000 provisional ballots as a result of the mishap.
“We’re looking into the situation right now,” said El-Abd, who declined further comment.
Eight Passaic County towns are in New Jersey’s 11th district, where Republican assemblyman Jay Webber and Democrat Mikie Sherrill are locked in a close race for an open congressional seat. The mistake could also impact the race for Passaic County Clerk
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to include comment from El-Abd.