Pennsylvania cast hundreds of thousands of applications for ball-in ballots before the 2020 election, due to process confusion.
Nearly 372,000 requests were rejected, as ProPublica reported on Friday, mainly because many of them, almost 90%, were duplicates. In general, one in five requests for mail-in ballots are denied, according to the publication.
The most reasonable? Many people who vote during the June primaries may have checked a box to request a ball-in ballot for the November election.
However, people who request more than one request should receive their ballot, a spokesman for the California State Department said. They can also go to the polls on Election Day.
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The spokesperson said that approximately 2 million people have chosen an option to automatically cast ballots for the current calendar year, meaning they will not have to reapply.
More than 2.7 million Pennsylvania people have requested ball-in ballots this election.
The state expects a record number of ballots to be mailed and, as it stands, counties cannot begin the complex process required to finally correct those votes until Election Day .
There is an ongoing discussion in the state legislature to allow pre-canvassing to begin in the days before the election even if an agreement has not yet been reached.
There is concern that the longer Pennsylvania takes the final vote count, the more likely it is that there will be doubts about the security of the process.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court added to the confusion when it decided that if a ballot was not mailed in a “secret”; envelope it would be rejected, adding an additional step in counting the ballots.
The court will also determine whether a ballot should be removed if a signature is clearly different than the one stored in the voter registration database.
Meanwhile, there is another ongoing battle in the court system over time to count the ball-in ballots. As it stands, the Supreme Court allowed the ballots posted on Election Day and received on November 6 to be counted.