Voters’ poorly marked ovals could lead to contested ballots

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ATLANTA (AP) — Two decades ago, hanging chads on Florida ballots became the unlikely symbol of a disputed presidential election. This year, it could be poorly marked ovals or boxes.

Millions of Americans will bypass their polling place and cast mail-in ballots for the first time as the coronavirus has altered how the November election is run in most states.

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Voters marking their ballots from home could lead to an increase in the kinds of mistakes that typically would be caught by a scanner or election worker during in-person voting at the polls.

That could end up as part of another Florida-like battle over ballots and voters’ intent.