NY mail-in voting deluge fuels uncounted ballots, confusion

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 6:12 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 2:01 PM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s quest to keep voters safe from COVID-19 by letting them vote by mail in the June primary has led to big delays in tabulating results, concerns about disenfranchisement - and questions about whether there will be an even bigger mess in the fall.

Election officials say it’ll take until early August to finish counting a tidal wave of absentee ballots that overwhelmed a system typically handling only around 5% of the vote.

About 1.8 million New Yorkers requested mail-in ballots for June’s primary.

Candidates and good-government activists say a bigger problem is that thousands of votes cast in good faith are getting invalidated during the counting process.

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