Transcript for By the Numbers: Unprecedented mail-in voting could mean more tossed ballots
An unprecedented number of US voters are mailing in their balance this year many in states where election rules have recently changed we look at why does could mean more rejected ballots and voter disenfranchisement. By the numbers less than 1% of the 33 point four million absentee ballots cast in 2016 were rejected. But this year voters without experience of voting by mail or up to three times more likely to have their ballots rejected more than 550000. Absentee ballots were returned uncounted in this year's presidential primaries according to an analysis by NPR. From just the thirty states that reported this Dana. By comparison only 3181709. Were rejected in the 2016 general election we're turnout was much higher. And there's evidence that young voters and voters of color are disproportionately. Impact it for example black voters in North Carolina. Have been four times more likely than white voters to have their mail ballots sent back according to state data. And in Florida one study found that voters aged eighteen to 21. 48 times more likely to have their mail in ballots rejected than voters older than 65 in 2016 and 2018. 25 saves now plan to notify voters of problems with their valves and give them a chance to fix them. Election experts say ballots are more commonly rejected because they arrive later missing his signature or the signatures simply does not match the one on file.
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