Research shows minority mail-in ballots rejected at a higher rate in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Researchers have studied whose mail-in ballots have been rejected in Florida over the past few years.

They found Hispanic and Black voters have had their mail-in ballots rejected at a higher rate.

Because more people are voting by mail this year, analysts say naturally, more ballots will be rejected.

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Experts say the Latino vote in 2020 is critical.

So voting advocates from minority groups are making sure nothing, not even a rejected mail-in ballot, keeps their people from making a difference in this year’s election.

Thousands of mail-in ballots are being tallied, but some are already being tossed to the side.

A professor at the University of Florida, along with other researchers, has been exploring Florida’s rejected mail-in ballots for years.

Their studies show mail-in ballots cast by Blacks and Latinos were much more likely to be rejected.

In the 2018 general election, 9% of Florida’s mail-in ballots were cast by Black voters, but Black voters accounted for almost 15% of all the mail-in ballots that were rejected.

The data is even more dramatic for Hispanics. They made up 13.4% of all mail-in ballots, but accounted for 22.6% of all the ones rejected.