- Last Updated: 11:05 AM, June 26, 2012
- Posted: 10:55 AM, June 26, 2012
Rep. Nydia Velasquez's campaign is warning that her name in Chinese appears incorrectly on today's primary election ballot
"The phonetic spelling doesn't spell her name," explained campaign spokesman George Arzt.
He said Velasquez's name in Chinese has four characters, not eight.
The campaign sent out an urgent message last night to Chinese-language newspapers requesting they inform their readers "who wish to vote for her that this is the name they should look for."
"We have to tell them to vote for the wrong name," said Arzt.
Velasquez is facing a challenge from City Councilman Erik Dilan in Brooklyn's 12th congressional district, which includes two neighborhoods with large numbers of Chinese-speaking voters -- Chinatown in Manhattan and Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
Depending where they live, voters who have difficulty with English can request ballots in Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Bengali.
Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said every campaign received a copy of the ballot six weeks ago and had a chance to make corrections.
She said Velazquez's campaign did not request any changes.