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Absentee military ballots remain uncounted in key states, advocacy group says

Uncounted Georgia military ballots could make a difference, says group that wants to make sure that ballots from overseas military personnel are counted.

Updated: November 5, 2020 - 5:25pm

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Military ballots for the 2020 presidential election remain uncounted in a number of key swing states, a spokesperson for a voter advocacy group told Just the News.

One state that could make a difference is Georgia, said a spokesperson for Count Every Hero, a group that advocates to make sure that ballots from overseas military personnel are counted.

In 2016, overseas military voters cast 5,203 votes in Georgia, according to the organization.

"If the race comes down to the wire, those ballots could make a difference in Georgia’s elections," the organization said. 

"There is no question that active-duty troops and other overseas voters could make the difference in the 2020 election," the group's co-chairman, retired Navy Adm. Jon Greenert, said in a statement. "It is crucial we count the votes from our service members and resist any calls to stop the count or declare a winner before these legal ballots have a chance to arrive."

Other states also have significant numbers of uncounted military ballots, the group said. They include the following:

  • Nevada, which counts service members' ballots that arrive by Nov. 10. In 2016, overseas military members and their families cast 2,677 votes.
  • North Carolina, which counts military ballots that arrive by Nov. 12. As of Wednesday night, 4,200 of those ballots had not been tallied.
  • Pennsylvania, which counts military ballots that arrive by Nov. 10. As of Wednesday morning, 10,478 of those ballots remained uncounted

Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin counts overseas military ballots that arrive by Election Day. The group did not provide numbers on un-tallied ballots from those states. 

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