NY mail-in voting deluge fuels uncounted ballots, confusion
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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