Nine states held a mix of presidential, congressional and other down-ballots on Tuesday, June 2, the biggest election day yet since the coronavirus pandemic began and an important test for November.
Several states, like Michigan, Montana, and Iowa have been able to smoothly transition to massively scaling up their absentee and vote-by-mail systems.
But other states and cities, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, and D.C., failed to ensure every voter could cast a ballot despite ambitious efforts to encourage everyone to vote by mail if possible.
Voters in all three places reported not receiving their mail-in ballots in time, getting incorrectly printed or confusing ballots, and facing long lines, often with heavy law enforcement presence nearby, at crowded city polling locations.
“Pennsylvania voters faced unnecessary hurdles to the ballot at every turn in this primary election,” a voting rights advocate said.
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If the June 2 elections were a stress test for November, many states and cities exposed glaring failures, with millions of absentee ballots not reaching voters in time, ballots being incorrectly printed or containing errors when they did reach voters, and others who did not get ballots in time despite risking their health to wait in long lines at polling places.
Nine states held a mix of presidential, congressional and other down-ballots on Tuesday, June 2, the biggest election day yet since the coronavirus pandemic began and the first large-scale test run in some states of preparing for November elections. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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