Over a Quarter of Mail-In Ballots Disqualified in NYC Democrat Primary
26% of the total cast for June Democratic presidential primary have failed
More than a quarter of mail-in ballot votes cast in New York City's June Democratic presidential primary have been disqualified, according to the NYC Board of Elections.
The BOE disqualified 84,208 vote-by-mail ballots, 26 percent of the total cast in the June 23 primary, according to a report cited Wednesday evening by the New York Post.
The NYC BOE received 403,213 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary, The Post reported.
However, only 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted, the certified results released Wednesday revealed.
That means more than one-in-four ballots were not counted or invalidated.
26% of mail-in ballots were disqualified for arriving late, lacking a postmark, failing to include a voter’s signature or other defects.
Votes are still being counted from the June 23 primary, according to Breitbart.
Several close elections were only decided weeks later.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) declared victory over her primary challenger.
Maloney's announcement comes more than six weeks after the election.
New York State encouraged voters to vote by mail rather than in person, citing the risk of coronavirus.
Nearly 2 million voters statewide requested mail-in ballots.
The move led to the system becoming overwhelmed, according to an earlier report by NBC-4 New York.
The report describes “a tidal wave of absentee ballots that overwhelmed a system which typically handles only around 5% of the vote,” and fears of “disenfranchisement.”
President Donald Trump reiterated his concerns Wednesday at a press briefing at the White House.
During the presser, Trump said that states that did not have existing vote-by-mail systems ran the risk of irregularities.
He warned those issues could delay the result of the presidential election from being known.