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DC’s Mail-In Voting Mired In Confusion As Nation Debates How To Handle November Elections

Confusion over mail-in ballots caused voting in the Washington D.C. primary to stretch late into the night Tuesday, according to the DCist.

D.C.’s primary election, plagued by complaints from voters who said they never received mail-in ballots, comes amid debate over the security and efficiency of voting by mail.

Many D.C. voters complained they never received mail-in ballots, according to at-large member of the D.C. City Council Elissa Silverman.

Silverman tweeted Tuesday that she was “averaging an email a minute” from voters who never received a mail-in ballot Tuesday afternoon. More than 90 thousand absentee ballots were supposed to be sent out according to the D.C. Board of Elections.

Voters who didn’t receive their ballot were forced to go to a physical polling place to cast their vote.

At 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, hours after polls were supposed to close, council member Silverman tweeted that there were more than 60 voters in line at one local polling place. “I am thankful for these voters and livid at the Board of Elections,” Silverman said.

D.C. officials had encouraged voting by mail to avoid having people congregate during the coronavirus pandemic, the DCist reported.

President Donald Trump has been at the center of the debate over nationwide mail-in ballots. Trump tweeted last week that mail-in ballots will be “substantially fraudulent.” He also attacked governors who are in favor of mail-in voting.

Some Republican officials have worried that Trump’s crusade against mail-in voting could wind up hurting the party come November, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Democrats have requested mail-in ballots at a higher rate than Republicans in Pennsylvania, an important 2020 swing state, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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  1. Absentee ballots and mass-mailing of ballots are different from each other. People who want to use absentee ballots have to prove their identity before they can receive a mailed ballot. Mass mailing balloting does not require people to prove their identity – and there lies the problem. No proof of identity is a way to defraud the election process. So we protest the use to this way of holding elections. Everyone wants to be able to do what they normally do – as they please but seem to think they need to stay home to elect our leaders. Visit your polling place, which, for those who are concerned about showing up at the polls, you should suggest to your local election officials to maybe add more polling places to cut down on long lines. But voting in person is much more gratifying than dropping mail off at the post office. And just think, rioters set a post office on fire in Minneapolis so post offices aren’t so safe anymore either.

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