Mail ballots in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections had a higher rejection rate than votes cast at early voting sites or on Election Day, according to an ACLU study published Wednesday.
The study also found that mail ballots cast by blacks, Hispanics and younger voters were much more likely to be rejected than mail ballots cast by white voters. The ACLU encouraged voters who choose to cast their ballots by mail to track their ballot and “use the cure process to ensure that their vote is counted and their voice is heard.”
The issue wasn’t specific to one county, as rejection rates varied widely across the state, but overall the rejection rate in Florida during both presidential elections was 1 percent, or 10 times more likely to be rejected than if a person cast their vote at early voting sites or on Election Day. In total, nearly 24,000 mail ballots cast in the 2012 election were rejected while 28,000 were rejected in 2016.
Voting by mail remains very popular in Florida, with 28.7 percent of 9.6 million Floridians voting through snail mail in 2016, compared to 27.8 percent of the electorate who voted that way in 2012.
"This rate is substantial. We're talking about tens of thousands of people," study author Daniel Smith told The Miami Herald.
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