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Mail-In Mayhem

Today in the NYT:

Now, nearly six weeks later, two closely watched congressional races remain undecided, and major delays in counting a deluge of 400,000 mail-in ballots and other problems are being cited as examples of the challenges facing the nation as it looks toward conducting the November general election during the pandemic.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other officials are trading blame for the botched counting in the city, and the Postal Service is coming under criticism over whether it is equipped to handle the sharp increase in absentee ballots.

While Americans support mail-in voting during the pandemic, and many Governors have moved to make doing so easier, 17 states (including New York) have never before conducted no-excuse mail-in absentee voting for a presidential election.

The disaster in New York should be a clear warning sign that we need to better anticipate problems, better deploy strategies, and then actually have the competence to execute when it comes to holding elections during the COVID-19 era.