PA Voters Infuriated Because Their Ballots Are Tossed for Minor Mistakes
Just in Erie county, nearly 1,000 mail-in ballots were tossed, invalidated because of some minor mistakes voters made in the mail-in voting process.
Election officials say at least 900 mail-in ballots were tossed because voters did not follow directions to a 'T'.
The county says the two common mistakes voters made were either voters did not include the inner privacy envelope, or they signed it.
Voters we spoke with are frustrated because their votes did not count, "It's a bunch of crap is what it is, it's not right and this is just not the way I believe America is supposed to be," said David Mazzone, who voted by mail as he lives part-time in Florida.
Mazzone says he thought he carefully followed the directions and his vote was good to go when he got a message from the Erie County Elections office that his ballot was received on October 23rd.
But on November 4th he received another email stating his ballot was canceled. He learned it was because he signed and dated the bottom left corner of what is called the 'naked envelope.'
Elections leaders say there are to be no identifying marks on the inside naked envelope or the entire ballot will be invalidated. It's something that happened to hundreds of Erie county voters, "Unfortunately for the voter, there's no remedy," said Carl Anderson, Chair of the Erie County Election Board.
Dr. Jeff Bloodworth, Political Analyst from Gannon University, says Pennsylvania did not do enough to ensure the mail-in voting process went smoothly and every vote counted, "They have every right to be livid, Americans died so we would all have the right to vote and we should be able to exercise that right in a way that is explicable and relatively easy."
In anticipation for massive amounts of mail-ins, Pennsylvania did a PSA blast, knowing there would be confusion. But Dr. Bloodworth says they didn't do enough, "It's disappointing Pennsylvania didn't follow best practices from other states. State legislatures knew for months this was going to be an issue and they didn't do anything, as a voter I'm upset."
Dr. Bloodworth says Pennsylvania legislatures and the administration need to step up and make changes in the mail-in election process for future elections.