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NY mail-in voting deluge fuels uncounted ballots, confusion

Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation
Posted at 12:24 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 12:29:42-04

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.