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Analysis: The government said voters should never have to wait more than 30 minutes. Millions will

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

More than 350 people were in line to vote when the poll opened at 8 a.m., the first arriving was at 4:45 a.mm on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Roberts Park in Raleigh, N.C. This was the first day of early voting in North Carolina.

Thirty minutes. That's the maximum amount of time anyone should have to wait to vote, according to a 2014 report by a presidential commission.

While most Americans are not going to wait hours to vote this year, the fact that some are is a problem and, while people who fell out of long lines this week at early in-person voting locations still have time to go back, that's not going to be the case on Election Day. A Brennan Center study of the 2018 midterms suggested more than 3 million voters waited more than the government-recommended 30 minutes to vote.

The presidential commission didn't mention race in the portion of its report on long lines, but rather said there are "problem jurisdictions" that are routinely failing to move voters through, thanks to long ballots, glitchy registration systems and, sometimes, feuding poll workers.

There will be pictures of long lines, potentially, for every one of these states, although North Carolina is a key battleground this year and where more than half the votes were cast early in 2016, before the pandemic put early voting on steroids.

Mail-in ballots in limbo in North Carolina -- CNN's Dianne Gallagher talked to two North Carolina voters, Black men, whose mail-in votes have been flagged as needing a "cure. " But the men, nearly a month after mailing their ballots, have not yet been contacted by Guilford County, which includes Greensboro.

Bookmark this Harry Enten story about how long after Election Day it will take to count ballots received by mail.

28,000 incorrect ballots in Pennsylvania -- CNN's Kelly Mena reports that Allegheny County election officials announced Thursday that a "ballot imaging error" by the counties contractor, Midwest Direct, resulted in incorrect ballots being sent to 28,879 voters in the western Pennsylvania county that includes the city of Pittsburgh.

All ballots are being re-issued with most voters expected to receive the corrected ballots the week of October 19, David Voye, manager of the Elections Division for Allegheny County, said in a statement.

In the interim, voters may use the state's online ballot tracker to look up when their ballot was mailed.

We're still 19 days from Election Day, but that 17 million early votes figure is closing in on 15% of total vote count in 2016, which was 128,838,342.

Cillizza notes: In the 23 states that report ballots cast by party identification, 55% of the returned ballots are from Democrats while just 24% are from Republican and 16% are from voters with no party affiliation.

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