Pennsylvania rejected hundreds of thousands of mail ballot applications before the 2020 election because of confusion about the process.
About 372,000 requests were rejected, according to ProPublica on Friday, mostly because many of them, about 90%, are duplicates. In general, every fifth request for newsletters to be sent by mail is rejected, according to the publication.
The main reason? Many people who voted in the June primary election may have already ticked the box to request mail voting for the November election.
However, as ProPublica notes, people who have submitted more than one application must eventually receive their newsletter. They can also go to the polls on election day.
More than 2.5 million Pennsylvania residents have requested mail ballots in this election.
The state expects a record number of ballots to be mailed, and as it is now, the counties cannot begin the cumbersome process needed to finally count those votes by election day.
Discussions continue in the state legislature to allow for a preliminary investigation to begin in the days leading up to the election, although no agreement has been reached.
There are fears that the longer it takes Pennsylvania to complete the vote count, the more likely it is to have doubts about the security of the process.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court added to the confusion when it ruled that if a ballot paper was not sent in an “secrecy” envelope, it should be rejected, which added an additional step to the ballot count.
The court will also decide whether the ballot paper should be rejected if the signature is significantly different from that stored in the voter registration database.
Meanwhile, there is a new ongoing battle in the judiciary over the counting of postal ballots. In its current form, the Supreme Court has allowed the counting of ballots, which are postal by mail until election day and received by 6 November.