Election authorities in the state of Pennsylvania, rejected 372,000 applications for mail-in ballots, 90 percent because they were duplicates or confusion about the process.
The repeated requests, along with confusing information on the state’s website significantly increase the number of mail-in voting requests, ProPublica reported Oct. 16.
State county offices have hired more temporary staff, and have gone through strenuous seven-day-a-week shifts to deal with the overwhelming situation.
“The volume of calls we’ve been getting has been overwhelming,” said Armstrong County Election Director Marybeth Kuznik.
“It’s been almost like a denial of service attack because it seemed like sometimes all you could do was answer the phone,” she reiterated.
Voter behavior this election period is out of the ordinary, with more than 2.7 million Pennsylvania residents requesting mail-in ballots.
ProPublica also denounced that nongovernmental groups have flooded Pennsylvania’s voters with ballot requests leading to numerous duplicates.
Many voters believe that the repeated ballots are sent by an official entity, the election’s office, and tend to fill them out again.
These groups have created “confusion for voters and the likelihood that they will not realize that their application has been processed and do not need to submit another one,” said the Pennsylvania State Department.
In other irregularities that threaten the integrity of the election process, division of elections officials said that about 29,000 residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, received ballots that were not for them.
Also, two postal workers were accused of leaving a large amount of mail in the trash, including two requests for mail-in ballots.
The U.S. electoral system is considered obsolete and arbitrary, in that each state can modify it as it sees fit, resulting in many regulations for electing rulers.
An example of this was given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court when it added to the confusion by ruling that if a ballot is not mailed in a “secret” envelope it must be rejected, adding a step to the ballot counting.
The Trump administration perceives a great threat of mail-in ballot fraud, which is why Republican voters are expected to turn out in droves on Nov. 3.