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Michael McDonald Oct 12
Something's going on: Gwinnett County, GA is rejecting more than 9% of all mail ballots they receive, and is responsible for 40% of rejections statewide. Rejection rates for Asians and African-Americans are much higher than Whites
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Michael McDonald Oct 12
Replying to @ElectProject
A bit of good news. The number of rejected ballots in Gwinnett County declined from 398 yesterday to 387 today. Election officials may be working to fix errors that caused some rejected ballots. Still, the rejection rate is a troublesome 9.9%, with clear racial disparities
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Michael McDonald Oct 12
Replying to @ElectProject
A frequent logged reason for a ballot rejection is a problem with birth year on the return envelope. This suggests to me a language issue or poorly designed return envelope. I've spoken with lawyers who will inspect the envelopes to understand this better
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Michael McDonald Oct 14
Replying to @ElectProject
This would explain a lot why so many Gwinnett absentee ballots are being rejected for a problem with voters failing to provide their birth year
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Michael McDonald Oct 14
Replying to @MaxHailperin
It may be indeed that Gwinnett County is improperly rejecting absentee ballots since Georgia law does not require voters to provide their birth year. Below is the information required by state law (h/t )
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Michael McDonald
Here are the list of ballot rejection reasons in Gwinnett County, GA as of Saturday evening. Notice the high number of reasons "Year of Birth Missing", which I wouldn't be surprised is related to the high frequency catch-all "Insufficient Oath Information"
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Michael McDonald Oct 14
Replying to @ElectProject
Gwinnett County's website seems to be at odds with Georgia's law
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Michael McDonald Oct 14
Replying to @ElectProject
So, lots of circumstantial evidence Gwinnett County is rejecting absentee ballots for failure by voters to provide their birth year, when Georgia law doesn't actually require it. What can't be explained is why this is disproportionately affecting persons of color
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Michael McDonald Oct 14
Replying to @LawyersComm
Don't worry, I'm in communication with (I was an expert witness for them in the 2016 Georgia exact match case)
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
Update: I have been conversing today with AJC reporter Tyler Estes. He's on the ground in Gwinnett. I don't want to scoop him, so I'll just say that be on the lookout for his good reporting that may get near the bottom of this issue
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
Here is the AJC story on Gwinnett
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
There is a key piece of information that Tyler Estep related to me via Gwinnett officials. In 2017, Georgia updated its election law to change a required piece of information on the ballot return envelopes from birth month and day to birth year
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
While year of birth is now required by Georgia law, that does not explain why so many absentee ballots are being rejected in Gwinnett for this reason. Indeed, Gwinnett is the only county logging missing year of birth as a reason for rejecting absentee ballots in the entire state
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @LawyersComm
BREAKING: The sent Gwinnett a letter this evening asking election officials to use their discretion and accept absentee ballots that lack year of birth on the ballot return envelope
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
This is Gwinnett's ballot return envelope. Gwinnett was recently covered by VRA Sec 203 language provisions, and is now required to provide bilingual election material. Note the line to provide a voter's birth year mashes English and Spanish in a way that is causing confusion
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
As a result, Gwinnett is the *only* Georgia county logging missing birth year as a reason why absentee ballots are being rejected
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
Cobb County is sending out ballot return envelopes, some that ask for birth year and some that don't. Cobb County election officials: "Either month and day, or if they write the year, no matter which is on the form, we'll accept it". Why can't Gwinnett?
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @BrianKempGA
Even 's office says local election officials get to make the call when it comes to accepting or rejecting absentee ballots
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Michael McDonald Oct 15
Replying to @ElectProject
The Gwinnett absentee ballot accepted and rejected counts and rejection rates by race as of the evening of 10/15
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Michael McDonald Oct 16
Replying to @ElectProject
JUST IN: Group sues Kemp, Gwinnett elections board over ballot rejections
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