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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Gray area of mail-in voting law up to Pennsylvania court

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in federal court on hold until October, it could be up to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to settle crucial questions of election law in the presidential battleground, including whether ballots mailed without secrecy envelopes can be counted.

The state Supreme Court could decide as early as Monday whether to take over and fast-track a state Democratic Party lawsuit that asks justices to order counties to count mail-in ballots that arrive without secrecy envelopes in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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