25% of Brooklyn primary absentee ballots were disqualified: report

Maya Rajamani
August 05, 2020 - 10:29 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A quarter of the absentee ballots Brooklyn voters mailed in for New York City’s June primary elections were deemed invalid, according to a report. 

About 30,000 of the more than 120,000 absentee ballots filed in Kings County were disqualified for issues including arriving too late or not having a postmark, Kings County Democratic Chair Rodneyse Bichotte told the New York Post

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Bichotte said she felt those issues could be chalked up to the fact that the United States Postal Service does not receive enough federal funding. 

“Americans should not have to risk their lives to participate in the most fundamental right of democracy,” she told the outlet. 

During his daily briefing on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s Board of Elections “can do better and must do better” to address postal service-related voting issues. 

“I am certain they can learn from this and be prepared for the general election,” he said.