The congressional campaign of Republican Andrew Heaney on Tuesday cried foul after ballots in Columbia County included the name of a third candidate who dropped out of the race nearly two months ago.

The ballots incorrectly included the name of Robert Bishop, who exited the race seven weeks ago and endorsed Heaney rival John Faso, a former Assembly minority leader.

For Heaney’s campaign, the problem is this: Voting for Bishop could have been an alternative to voting for Faso rather than picking Heaney, a businessman and first-time candidate.

“It’s a disgrace that with only one race on the entire ballot, the Columbia County Board of Elections has so grossly failed the voters,” Heaney said in a statement. “Every vote matters.”

His campaign is calling for the state Board of Elections to investigate the Columbia County board to determine whether the inclusion of Bishop’s name was either “gross incompetence or systematic fraud.”

For Faso’s part, his campaign released a by-the-numbers statement describing what will happen to the ballots featuring Bishop’s name in Columbia County.

Because they could not be counted by the optical scanning machines, Republican voters in the primary are being instructed to place their ballots in a separate slot on the machine for provisional ballots.

Replacement ballots were expected to be delivered to Columbia County polling locations by 4 p.m.

“We encourage all Republican voters to go to the polls and cast their ballots in the GOP primary,” said Dain Pascocello, a spokesman for the Faso campaign. “Polls are open until 9 PM.”