by Damjan Tutarkov
While thousands of absentee ballots are rejected each presidential election, the issue could prove “much worse” this year, particularly in battleground states, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new analysis by the Associated Press.
The analysis: “With the coronavirus creating a surge in mail-in balloting and postal delays reported across the country, the number of rejected ballots in November is projected to be significantly higher than previous elections,” the AP report reads.
The issue is expected to become more pronounced this election as tens of millions of absentee ballots are anticipated to be cast due to the complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic that is making in-person voting more difficult.
It is a problem already becoming apparent in Michigan, considered a swing state, where a record 2.5 million ballots were submitted in the August primary, around 10,000 of which were rejected