As the political parties reach fever pitch in their attempts to woo potential voters, some boil over was bound to happen, and ACT seems to be the first to stumble.
What was supposed to be an internal email from party vice president Vince Ashworth about a crime survey was instead sent out to the wrong list, according to campaign manager Brian Nicolle.
"Yeah, it was a bit of a glitch but it's all sorted now."
Nicolle couldn't comment on who received the email, except to say anyone who replied to it found they were sending an email to every recipient instead of simply the list manager. Replies, demanding ACT stop spamming the recipients, became almost as prolific as the original email and contained a number of terse, strongly worded comments.
Nicolle says the problem shouldn't occur again.
"We send out tens of thousands of emails and this is the first time it's happened."