Printing errors, mail supply delays and the sheer quantity of requests have left many states throughout the nation scrambling to get ballots into the arms of voters forward of the quick approaching deadline.
Voters in Ohio have seen delays because of a poll printing backup. In Michigan, a state that has already seen 3 million absentee poll requests, 20,000 absentee ballots have but to be despatched out. Along with printing and mail supply delays, some counties needed to reprint and re-send ballots, together with Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County — additional squeezing the window for voters to get their ballots returned in time.
Voters who say they requested their absentee ballots in a well timed vogue are annoyed and confused to search out themselves nonetheless ready, only a week earlier than the beneficial US Postal Service deadline for getting ballots again within the mail.
Lee Zacharias, 75, from Greensboro, North Carolina, by no means obtained her absentee poll. She needed to vote by way of absentee due to her compromised immune system, however ended up risking her well being, and voting in-person as a result of she felt that it was getting too near the deadline.
In accordance with BallotTrax, a brand new device North Carolina voters can use to maintain up with their poll standing, Zacharias’ preliminary poll was outbound on September 11. When that one did not present up, she known as the Guilford County Board of Elections on September 28. Zacharias stated she was informed BallotTrax is not all the time correct, however to be protected the county would cancel her authentic poll and ship her a brand new one. When that poll did not arrive, Zacharias determined to solid her vote in particular person as a result of she was nervous that it could by no means present up.
“The truth that I do know that mine just isn’t the one case. That there are a variety of different people who haven’t obtained absentee ballots they utilized for, who had ballots that disappeared, like mine did and have been voided and haven’t obtain alternative ballots makes me offended,” Zacharias stated.