To the Editor:
This past week, the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago inconvenienced voters and others at Montgomery Place on Election Day. On behalf of the Board, I am writing to offer our apology to the Hyde Park community. Essentially, the addresses of more than 200 voters were coded into the wrong precinct. That led to our ordering an insufficient number of ballots for the voters at Montgomery Place, the polling place for Precinct 37.
Although the Board was able to make a delivery at the end of Election Day and ensure that those in line were able to vote, we regret that this delayed our voters’ ability to access the franchise at this important election. We also apologize to the Election Judges for making their day difficult. The Board will count any provisional ballots that were issued due to the voters’ addresses being listed in the wrong precinct.
We have not had situations like this occur in the past, and we are taking steps to ensure this will not happen again at any future elections, starting with the upcoming Municipal Election on Feb. 26, 2019.