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At least 65K absentee or mail-in ballots have been rejected this year: report

The Hill logo The Hill 7/13/2020 Rachel Scully
At least 65K absentee or mail-in ballots have been rejected this year: report © The Hill At least 65K absentee or mail-in ballots have been rejected this year: report

At least 65,000 absentee or mail-in ballots from this year's primaries have been rejected, according to an analysis by NPR.

The ballots, which account for around 1 percent of ballots in most states, were discarded because they arrived past the deadline, often by no fault of the voter, NPR reported Monday.

While the overall number of disqualified ballots is considered small, the number of Americans planning to vote by mail in November is expected to be in the tens of millions, increasing the odds of more rejected ballots.

Many of those who use mail-in voting for the first time, such as young, Black and Latino voters, are more likely to have their ballots rejected because of errors, according to Charles Stewart, a political scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies election administration.

"That's the sort of thing that makes me wary about what's going to happen in November when we get an even larger influx of people who haven't voted, or haven't voted by mail in the past," Stewart told NPR.

Millions of voters are expected to cast absentee or mail-in ballots for this year's general election to avoid in-person interactions at the polls during the coronavirus pandemic. If even a few thousand ballots are discarded, the results could very easily tip the election.

In 2016, President Trump won Michigan by just 10,704 votes.

Democrats and voter advocacy groups are pushing for changes that would allow ballots to be counted so long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Lawsuits have been filed in at least 10 states to challenge laws that require mail-in ballots be received by Election Day.

Republicans and some conservative groups oppose those efforts, arguing that extending the deadline for mail-in ballots would erode public confidence in elections and could delay the final results for weeks. Trump has repeatedly claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to election fraud.

Many voters are concerned about the security of mail-in ballots, but they're more concerned about the health risks of voting in person. A Hill-HarrisX poll last month found that 55 percent of voters said being exposed to the virus was a bigger concern, compared to 45 percent who said having their vote tampered with through mail-in voting was a greater concern.


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