Mail-In Ballots Delay Primary Election Results

Headline Roundup June 24th, 2020

Officials are awaiting primary election results in New York, Kentucky and Virginia as coronavirus precautions cause a surge of absentee mail-in ballots. Due to the high volume of mail-in ballots, New York and Kentucky estimate their results will be released June 30.

Coverage from all sides of the political spectrum focused on the absentee ballot counting process and on the results which were immediately ready, such as Mitch McConnell's Kentucky victory and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's win in New York. Some left-rated outlets analyzed leading candidates and their odds of winning, while several right-rated outlets also highlighted voters' outrage at the limited number of in-person polling sites. Left-rated outlets have also put out articles in recent days addressing President Trump's remarks about mail-in voter fraud.

Mail-In Ballots Delay Primary Election Results

From the Left
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WASHINGTON — Voters in Kentucky and New York were selecting nominees in extraordinary circumstances on Tuesday, as fears about the coronavirus reduced the number of polling places and led to a surge in absentee balloting that was almost certain to delay the results, possibly for days.

Kentucky Democrats were deciding who would be their nominee against Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, in a race that was testing the power of money against the potency of the grass-roots activism that has sprung up around the Black Lives Matter movement....

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From the Center
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Kentucky and New York had primaries Tuesday, but the winners of the closest races probably won’t be known until next week. What’s going on?

Get used to it. Slow vote counts and delayed results are a feature of elections during the pandemic and are likely to continue into the general election in November, when many election officials say that, absent a landslide, it won’t be clear who won the presidential election for several days.

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From the Right
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Frustrated Louisville voters banged on the closed doors of the city’s lone polling site Tuesday after nearly getting shut out from having their voices heard.

Dozens of residents chanted “let us in!” after they were locked out of the expo center when the doors at the poll site closed at 6 p.m.

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