Issues with signatures proved to be the difference in thousands of Ohioans not being able to vote in last year’s general election, an Associated Press investigation found.
These voters had requested absentee ballots but did not receive them “because of missing or mismatched signatures on their ballot applications,” AP reported.
More than 6,500 absentee ballot applications were rejected in 21 counties around the state.
There were around 1.4 million absentee ballots cast in Ohio last year, according to the AP, when voters decided upon the governorship, congressional races and a U.S. Senate race.
That’s up from 477,000 in the 2014 election.
You can read the full Associated Press report about the latest absentee ballot issues here.