Thousands of absentee votes in North Carolina rejected

Posted at 3:31 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 20:05:11-04

RALEIGH, N.C. - Thousands of absentee ballots are being rejected in North Carolina because they were not filled out properly.

The issue could be a problem in other states as well, as more people are voting absentee for the first time.

News 3 anchor Beverly Kidd talked to a High Point University professor, Brandon Lenoir, about what happens next in North Carolina.

"Right now, it's tied up in the courts," Lenoir explained. "The decision is being made to whether the people who didn't have their ballots witnessed, do we give them an opportunity to fill out an affidavit that it was their ballot or do they have to fill out a an entirely new ballot? That's what's going to be decided by the courts."

According to the Associated Press, Black voters have their votes rejected at a disproportionate rate.

A court ruling on how to fix the problem is expected next week.

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