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Pennsylvania rejects over 370k mail-in ballot applications, roughly 1 in every 5 requests

by Paul Goldberg

Pennsylvania has rejected over 370k mail-in ballots, mostly because many were duplicate requests.

According to nonprofit newsroom ProPublica “More than 90% of those applications, or about 336,000, were denied as duplicates, primarily because people who had requested mail-in ballots for the state’s June 2 primary did not realize that they had checked a box to be sent ballots for the general election, too. Voters have also been baffled by unclear or inaccurate information on the state’s ballot-tracking website, and by a wave of mail ballot applications from political parties and get-out-the-vote groups. County offices across the state have been forced to hire temporary staff and work seven days a week to cope with the confusion.”

Marybeth Kuznik, elections director in Armstrong County, northeast of Pittsburgh told ProPublica.

“The volume of calls we have been getting has been overwhelming. It has been almost like a denial of service attack at times because it seemed that sometimes all I could get done was answer the phone!”

The ProPublica report also states “Overall, one out of every five requests for a mail-in ballot are being rejected in Pennsylvania. An estimated 208,000 Pennsylvania voters sent in the spurned requests, some submitting them multiple times. Although the state’s email rejecting the requests describes them as duplicates, it doesn’t explain why, prompting some people to reapply. ProPublica and The Philadelphia Inquirer identified hundreds of voters who submitted three or more duplicate applications; one voter appears to have submitted 11 duplicates.”

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