According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 430,000 absentee ballots were rejected in 2018 because of mail delays, minor technical flaws, and voter errors in completing the ballot.
Mail-in ballot rejections tend to impact marginalized communities hardest; in several states, Black and Hispanic voters have had their absentee ballots rejected at much higher rates than white voters.
In eight states voters will need another excuse besides fear of contracting the virus to vote by mail, including the Southern states of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
But despite this political resistance, states in the South have recently taken steps to remove barriers to casting a ballot by mail.
“Now more than ever, to have our seniors vote safely, voting by mail is the best option for them.”