NYC Primary: More Than 84,000 Mail-In Ballots Disqualified
According to records released by the Board of Elections, over 84,000 New York City Democrat’s mail-in ballots for the presidential primary were disqualified.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, government officials encouraged people to use mail-in ballots to vote in the June 23 primary, instead of in person at the polls, to ensure safety.
Out of 403,103 mail-in ballots sent in, the BOE disclosed that only 318,995 were counted, which leaves more than 84,000 uncounted votes.
The mail-in ballots that were not counted came after many prepaid envelopes were not postmarked and signatures missing on the ballot, among other issues.
To get people to vote by mail, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to make it easier for voters, on top of that, the state passed a bill to provide prepaid envelopes.
However, critics claim that election officials and the Postal Service were both underpaid and lacked the training needed to handle the overwhelming amount of mail-in ballots voters were encouraged to fill out at home.