In battlegrounds including Pa., absentee ballot rejections could triple

By: Christina A. Cassidy and Frank Bajak

ATLANTA — Thousands of absentee ballots get rejected in every presidential election. This year, that problem could be much worse and potentially pivotal in hotly contested battleground states.

With the coronavirus creating a surge in mail-in balloting and postal delays reported across the country, the number of rejected ballots in November is projected to be significantly higher than previous elections.

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Democrats file lawsuit to ‘protect the franchise of absentee and mail-in voters’

By: Jan Murphy

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers and candidates and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court aimed at responding to what they view as voter suppression moves by the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

The lawsuit filed against Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar and the 67 county election boards seeks to ensure mail-in ballots are counted, to allow counties to use drop boxes for ballots in multiple locations, and to require poll watchers to live in the county in which they want to serve as a watcher.

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Pennsylvania’s mail-in, absentee ballot applications surge for June primary

By: Associated Press

Pennsylvania counties have processed about 283,000 absentee and mail-in ballots for the June primary, and requests from Democrats are three times more common than from Republicans, state elections officials said Tuesday.

The Department of State said 89,000 absentee ballot requests have already been processed, with the June 2 primary still seven weeks away.

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