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Georgia GOP chairman: Why did absentee ballot rejection rate drastically drop in 2020 when a million more of them were cast than in 2018?

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'Did the massive increase in ballots overwhelm the verification process?' the chairman asked

Security envelopes for absentee ballots sit in stacked boxes as Fulton county workers continue to count absentee ballots at State Farm Arena on Nov. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

As the state of Georgia braces for a hand recount of votes from the disputed 2020 presidential election, Georgia's Republican chairman has a question:

"In 2018, when 230,000 absentee ballots were cast, 3.5% were rejected for signature mismatches or other reasons," David Shafer noted Thursday night on Twitter. "In 2020, when more than 1.2 million absentee ballots were cast, the rejection rate fell to 0.3%. Did the massive increase in ballots overwhelm the verification process?"

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