Opinion: DC Poll Worker: Primaries Show Urgent Need for Election Fixes Before November

Talking Points Memo

The first lesson from the primaries is that the pandemic is causing demand for absentee voting to skyrocket, and election administrators must be prepared. In DC, the Board of Elections did not properly test or repair its system for submitting absentee ballot requests, so the system simply did not work for some voters, and for others it appears to have sent their requests into the ether. Now is the time for every city to be stress-testing its absentee ballot capabilities, communicating procedures to voters and providing transparency about how absentee ballots will be processed and tabulated.

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