Pennsylvania Rejects 372,000 Ballot Applications Because Most Were Duplicates: Report

Pennsylvania Rejects 372,000 Ballot Applications Because Most Were Duplicates: Report


Swing state Pennsylvania, which President Donald Trump narrowly won in the 2016 election, has thrown out 372,000 requests for mail-in ballots, a new report says.

About 336,000, or 90 percent, of those were duplicate requests for ballots that the state denied “primarily because people who had requested mail-in ballots for the state’s June 2 primary did not realize that they had checked a box to be sent ballots for the general election, too,” according to the article published by The Philadelphia Inquirer and the website ProPublica.

The rejected requests came from 208,000 voters, according to the report, including one voter who appeared to submit 11 duplicate requests.

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The outlets said they were able to identify “hundreds of voters who submitted three or more duplicate applications.”

Some cite voter unfamiliarity as the culprit, because Pennsylvania voters had the option of becoming what the state calls permanent mail-in voters, but may not have remembered doing so.

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