Pennsylvania has rejected hundreds of thousands of ballot applications ahead of the 2020 election because of confusion over the process.
According to ProPublica, about 372,000 requests were rejected on Friday, largely because many of them, about 90%, were copies. In general, according to the publication, every fifth request to receive ballots for distribution is rejected.
Main reason? Many people who voted during the June primaries may have already checked the box to apply for a ballot for the November election.
However, people who submit more than one request should eventually receive their ballot, a Pennsylvania State Department spokesman said. They may also participate in elections on election day.
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The spokesman said that about 2 million people had opted for the automatic sending of ballots for the current calendar year, ie they did not need to re-apply.
In this election, more than 2.7 million Pennsylvanians applied for ballots.
The state expects a record number of ballots to be mailed, and as of now, constituencies cannot begin the cumbersome process required to finally count those votes by election day.
Discussions are underway in the state legislature to allow a preliminary examination to begin on the day before the election, although no agreement has been reached.
There is concern that the longer it takes Pennsylvania to count 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 ruled that if a ballot paper was not mailed in a secret envelope, it should be rejected, which adds an extra step to counting ballots.
The court will also consider whether to reject a ballot if the signature is markedly different from the signature stored in the voter registration database.
Meanwhile, another battle is going on in the judiciary, which continues to count the ballots received by mail. Currently, the Supreme Court has allowed the counting of ballots that were marked by mail before election day and received by November 6.