1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

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Election worker Nancy Wilcox looks through mail-in ballot requests, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Johnson County election office in Olathe, Kan. The office has processed more than 100,000 mail-in ballot requests so far as more people than normal are expected to vote by mail due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Election data shows more than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, also many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time.

A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of mail delays allows ballots postmarked on Election Day to be counted as long as they are received in local election offices within three days.

That means that ballots postmarked on or before Aug. 4 would have been counted had they arrived by Aug. 7.

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