New York hasn’t put out any numbers on the overall rejection rate. But fully 14% of all absentee ballots were tossed out in New York’s 2018 elections, by far the highest rate in the country compared to an average rejection rate of 1% to 3% in most other states. And unofficial counts suggest this year’s rejection rate will be even higher.
New Reformers, a Queens-based progressive group, released numbers showing that almost a quarter of absentee ballots cast in their borough have been rejected. Other election attorneys said the rejection rates across the city ranged from about 20% in Manhattan — which has been much slower than other places in counting ballots — to almost 30% in parts of Brooklyn.
Those are massive numbers that can swing close races, like the tight primary that House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is in against progressive challenger Suraj Patel.