President Trump has been attempting to sow distrust in widespread mail-in voting for months, claiming without evidence it could lead to widespread fraud and complaining it could delay election results for days if not months. But the real problem, especially in battleground states, could be a high rejection rate of absentee ballots.
Trump wants to muddy the waters further. He suggested last week in North Carolina that voters vote twice – once by mail and then again on Election Day – to test the system.
Guy Cecil, chairman of Democratic super PAC Priorities USA, told reporters the Trump campaign is going to make the administration of the election as difficult as possible.
An Associate Press analysis of rejected ballots during this year’s primaries indicates three times as many voters could see their ballots rejected in key states compared to 2016, with the problem most pronounced in urban areas.
Thousands of absentee ballots are rejected every election for arriving late, lack of voter signatures or discrepancies between the signature on the ballot and what election officials have on file. When considering as many as half the votes cast in November could be mailed in, the danger of disenfranchisement multiplies – especially in Democratic strongholds with surveys indicating Democrats are more likely than Republicans to opt for remote voting.
Although all states have allowed absentee voting on a limited basis, five – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington – have conducted all-mail elections for years while half the states allow voters to request an absentee ballot for any reason…Read more>>