An extraordinarily high number of ballots — more than 550,000 — have been rejected in this year's presidential primaries, according to a new analysis by NPR.
That's far more than the 318,728 ballots rejected in the 2016 general election and has raised alarms about what might happen in November when tens of millions of more voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail, many for the first time.
Even with limited data, the implications are considerable. NPR found that tens of thousands of ballots have been rejected in key battleground states, where the outcome in November — for the presidency, Congress and other elected positions — could be determined by a relatively small number of votes.
For example, President Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by almost 23,000 votes. More than 23,000 absentee ballots were rejected in the state's presidential primary in April. More than 37,000 primary ballots were also rejected in June in Pennsylvania, a state Trump won by just over 44,000 votes.
The numbers are also significant because of large partisan differences in how Americans plan to vote this fall. Democrats have expressed more interest than Republicans in voting by mail — 47% to 28% in the Democracy Fund/UCLA survey. Forty-eight percent of those who intend to vote for Joe Biden say they will use mail-in ballots, compared with 23% of Trump supporters.
Over half a million mail-in votes were rejected during the primaries, i.e. before the two major parties start competing against each other. Given the contentious nature of November's election, how President Trump has demonized mail-in voting, and the much larger volume of mail-in votes, I think you could see as many as 5 million mail-in votes rejected in the general election.
OOP's short takes:
- If you need more evidence that Republicans have abandoned their principles in favor of a personality cult, consider that instead of adopting a party platform, the delegates will be asked to announce it "enthusiastically support[s] Trump's agenda. Although the Republican National Committee claims that the platform couldn't be adopted due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Democrats managed to adopt a 91 page platform.
- News this morning is that Kellyanne Conway is leaving the Trump administration and her husband, George Conway, is leaving the anti-Trump Lincoln Project. They both are saying they wish to devote more time to their family. This comes on the heels of their 15 year old daughter announcing that she is seeking to be emancipated from her parents. I never really understood how that marriage was making it. It's one thing to have political differences in a family. It's quite another when the father and mother do not have the same set of ethics and morals. Clearly Kellyanne has a broken moral compass considering all the lying she has done to promote and protect Trump. George refused to go down that road, even though doing so cost him a lucrative appointment.
- The first Indy 500 without fans was held yesterday. Just not a huge fan of auto racing. Recorded the race, but haven't bothered to watch it yet. I'm a baseball fan, but that's not working out well with my Reds underperforming expectations, with little time to recover with the 60 game season. 2020 has been an awful year for sports.
- Point of personal privilege...not happy that they have removed all the recycling bins on the northwest side of Indianapolis. But I understand why. Property owners who provided the space constantly had to deal with people placing next to the dumpster, non-recyclable items, such as large TVs, beds, etc. I briefly paid for curbside recycling, but the company nearly tripled the price so that it wasn't worth it anymore. I hate to throw recyclables in the trash, but I may not be left with any choice.