Long lines return for 2nd day of early voting in NY

Cheryl Sanders
October 26, 2020

Elections BC said as of Friday morning, approximately 478,900 vote-by-mail packages had been returned, representing about 66 per cent of all mail-in packages requested and issued to date.

In a unanimous ruling Friday the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court held that a voter's absentee or mail-in ballot can not be rejected based exclusively on a comparison of the signature on the ballot with the voter's signature on their registration form.

This year marks the first time that early voting has been available in NY for a presidential election.

23 is the last day you can request a new ballot be mailed to you.

The early voting site in Midwood, Brooklyn had a line that stretched down the block, video shows.

About 56.5 million Americans already have cast early ballots across the country either in person or by mail, a pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout rate in more than a century, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project.

Almost 94,000 people voted in New York City on Saturday alone, according to the Board of Elections. Most GOP voters are expected to vote on Election Day.

Specifically, mail-in and other absentee ballots could impact close races, with the delay meaning we could be waiting weeks to find out who the victor is.

"An emergency injunction is urgently needed to ensure that our federal election is governed by the statutes enacted by the people's duly elected representatives, and not by the whims of an unelected state agency", the petition to the Supreme Court said.

In a press release, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said the increase in absentee ballots may delay election results past Election Night, reflecting nationwide concerns about delayed results.

Perhaps they made a mistake while completing it, or they accidentally tore off the signature certification - something that would cause the ballot to be rejected.

The 2017 election cost $39 million and Boegman said it's not clear how the price tag will rise this year, though Elections BC had asked for about $6 million to cover pre-election costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are significant barriers to voting in IN, which ranked 40th in voter turnout in 2016.

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