Pennsylvania has rejected hundreds of thousands of applications for mail-in ballots before the 2020 election due to confusion surrounding the process.
About 372,000 requests were rejected, as reported by ProPublica on Friday, mainly because many of them, approx. 90%, were duplicates. Overall, according to the publication, one in five requests for mail-in voting is rejected.
The main reason? Many people who voted in the June primary election may have already ticked a box to request a vote by mail for the November election.
As noted by ProPublica, people who make more than one request must eventually receive their vote. They can also go to the polls on election day.
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More than 2.5 million Pennsylvania residents have requested mail voting in this election.
The state expects a record volume of ballot papers to be sent by mail, and as it is now, counties cannot begin the cumbersome process necessary to ultimately vote those votes until election day.
There is an ongoing discussion in the state legislature to allow pre-excavation to begin in the days leading up to the election, even if an agreement has not been reached.
There is concern that the longer it takes Pennsylvania to agree on the final number of votes, the more likely it is that there will be concerns about the safety of the process.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court added the confusion when it ruled that if a vote is not sent in a “secrecy”
The court will also decide whether a ballot should be rejected if a signature is significantly different from the one stored in the voter registration database.
Meanwhile, there is another battle in the court system over the time frame for mail-in polls to be counted. As it stands, the Supreme Court has allowed votes that are postmarked on election day and received on November 6 to be counted.