By Sam Bojarski

An apparent postmarking problem on thousands of mail-in absentee ballots could impact the vote count in several Brooklyn Democratic primary races, including the race for state Assembly District 57. 

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order granting every household access to an absentee ballot. To have their vote counted, voters needed to postmark mail-in ballots by June 23. But of the more than 100,000 absentee ballots returned by Brooklyn voters, some have not been postmarked by the United States Postal Service (USPS), Kings County Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte told NY1 in an interview. Bichotte also represents District 42 in the state assembly.

“We still have a number of absentee ballots, roughly about four percent, that might be thrown away, and no fault of the voters. So we’re very concerned about that. In Brooklyn primarily, we have a number of races that are very slim,” she said in the interview with NY1 on July 9. 

Phara Souffrant Forrest (pictured) is in a tight race for state assembly.

Bichotte specifically mentioned Assembly District 57 among one of the close contests that could be impacted. The district comprises the neighborhoods of Fort Green, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.  

Haitian-American candidate Phara Souffrant Forrest is running against incumbent Walter Mosley for the district’s assembly seat. 


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Sam Bojarski

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...