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NEW YORK — Mail-in voting has gotten off to a rocky start in New York City, where election officials sent out a large number of absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses on the return envelopes.

The faulty ballots were sent to an unknown number of voters in Brooklyn and could result in ballots being voided if voters sign their own name on return envelopes bearing different names. More than 140,000 ballots have already been sent out so far across the borough. It was unclear how many people got the wrong envelopes.

The New York City Board of Elections blamed the problem on the vendor hired to print and mail the ballots for voters in Brooklyn and Queens.

“We are determining how many voters have been affected but we can assure that the vendor will address this problem in future mailings, and make sure people who received erroneous envelopes receive new ones,” Board of Elections Executive Sirector Michael J. Ryan said in a written statement.

He said the proper ballots and envelopes would get to voters before the Nov. 3 election. Ryan didn’t immediately describe how that would happen, how much it would cost or what would happen if voters had already mailed their completed ballot back in the provided envelopes.

A message seeking comment was sent to the printer the city blamed for the error, Phoenix Graphics.

Meanwhile, the city elections board was also dealing with confusion regarding another printing anomaly on absentee ballots.

Ordinarily, absentee ballots in the city are sent out with a heading identifying them as an “Official Absentee / Military Ballot.” This year, the slash between “absentee” and “military” was left out, leading some voters to believe they had mistakenly been mailed a ballot for use only by members of the military.

The board tweeted that the ballot was still good for use by any registered voter.

The pair of mishaps took place despite intense scrutiny of mail-in voting nationwide. And it comes on the heels of a rocky spring primary in New York in which election boards struggled to handle a record amount of voting by mail.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 400,000 New York City residents voted by absentee ballot in during the primary, a figure that was 10 times the number of absentee ballots cast in the 2016 primary.

Many voters complained that their absentee ballots didn’t arrive in time for the primary. And thousands of ballots cast by mail were later disqualified for minor technical errors, including voters forgetting to sign their name, or the U.S. Postal Service failing to put a postmark on the ballot indicating when it was sent.

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden come face-to-face for their first debate on Tuesday night amid increasingly nasty attacks on each other.

Trump has called Biden a socialist puppet who wants to destroy the suburbs and “hurt God.” Biden says Trump is a fraud whose failed leadership during the coronavirus crisis has “caused people to die.”

Here’s what you need to know:

WHEN & WHERE?

The 90-minute debate is being held at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. It’s being hosted by the school and the Cleveland Clinic.

WHO’S MODERATING?

The first faceoff is being moderated by Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, a tough interviewer. He had a contentious one-on-one sitdown with Trump in July, and the president tweeted last year that he thinks Wallace is “nasty & obnoxious.” Biden has so far avoided Wallace altogether.

WHAT’S THE FORMAT?

There will be no opening statements. Trump will be at the podium on the right side of the stage looking at the audience with Wallace in the middle and Biden on the left.

The commercial-free broadcast will be split into six segments of 15 minutes each devoted to six topics selected by Wallace. Those topics are: the Trump and Biden records; the Supreme Court; Covid-19; the economy; race and violence in American cities; and the integrity of the election.

Trump will get the first question. The candidates have two minutes to answer the first question in each segment. Trump and Biden will then have an opportunity to respond to each other, and the moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion, according to the event organizer, the Commission on Presidential Debates.

WHAT ABOUT COVID?

There will not be a traditional handshake (or even an elbow-bump) between the candidates before the debate starts, the CPD said. Trump, Biden and Wallace won’t be wearing masks on stage.

The audience, which the CPD said is being limited to a much smaller-than-usual 80 to 100 invited guests, will also be tested for the coronavirus ahead of the debate, as are all attendees.

The restrictions also mean there will be no post-debate “spin room,” the crowded and chaotic place where campaign surrogates try to lay out arguments for why their candidate won.

The debate was originally scheduled to be held at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, but the school withdrew as the host site in July, citing health concerns.

HOW CAN I WATCH?

It can be watched live on all the major TV networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, Fox, MSNBC and NBC.

NBC News NOW will provide free debate coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, available to stream live and on demand across OTT platforms, including Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.

C-Span will be streaming it on its YouTube channel, and many of the major networks will offer it on their apps. On radio, NPR will be airing the debate and will also have a livestream available online. People can also watch via subscription streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and fuboTV.

NBCNews.com will live-blog the debate, including fact checks and analysis.

This year’s faceoff will be unique in that most Americans are still working remotely and not commuting to and from offices. That means more people are likely to be viewing from home as opposed to mobile devices while on the go.

WHEN’S THE NEXT ONE?

The lone vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris of California is up next in Utah on Oct. 7. That will be followed by two more presidential debates — a town hall-style debate in Florida on Oct. 15 and the last, in Tennessee, on Oct. 22, will have the same format as the first, hosted by NBC’s Kristen Welker.

Dareh Gregorian reported from New York, Ahiza Garcia-Hodges from San Francisco and Katie Primm from Cleveland.



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