Since most of us can’t possibly track the never-ending barrage of 2020 election news, @ProPublica’s @electionland gathers the most important headlines in one place. Here are some highlights from the week that was. (THREAD)
2/ This week, @ProPublica and @guardian launched a joint project tracking mail-in ballot requests, returns and rejections in battleground states:…
3/ Early voters saw high turnouts, but long waits, in multiple states. In Georgia, limited polling places and new machines added to the delays, per the @WashingtonPost:…
4/ Meanwhile, states and voters new to mail-in voting were also experiencing growing pains. PA voters were confused by postcards telling them their ballots were on the way, even though they’d already sent their completed ballots back, reported @905WESA:…
5/ Some Florida voters complained to @Electionland and @WFSUmedia that the return envelopes for their mail-in ballots arrived already sealed:…
6/ Sealed return envelopes were also among the complaints fielded from New Jersey voters by our partners at @NJSpotlightNews :…
7/ In North Carolina, @newsobserver reported that state data shows Black voters make up a disproportionate number of those who received the more than 6,800 ballots now in limbo by a dispute over how to handle improperly completed envelopes.…
8/ More than 80 million absentee ballots had been requested nationwide as of October 14, but some critical states — including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — won’t allow election workers to begin processing them all until Election Day, reports the @NYTimes:…
9/ California GOP admitted to placing unofficial ballot drop boxes around the state. A party spokesman claimed the boxes were legal but the CA attorney general said the drop boxes were missing crucial security features. From @CBSSacramento:…
10/ Nearly 29,000 people in Pennsylvania, may have received the wrong ballot as the result of a printing error by an outside vendor. New ballots will be issued the week of October 19, per @905WESA…
11/ Check out the complete roundup of Electionland news, including updates on voting challenges, misinformation, and poll security, at ProPublica:…
12/ And sign up now for our User’s Guide to Democracy to learn how to become a more informed, more engaged citizen:…

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