Thousands of uncounted mail-in ballots in Massachusetts surfaced on Thursday in a tight race between two Democrats vying for a seat in the 4th Congressional District, the Boston Herald reported.
Staff members from Secretary of State William Galvin's office came across approximately 3,000 uncounted ballots in Franklin — a number far exceeding the previously estimated 600 uncounted ballots.
Galvin ordered election officials to continue counting ballots cast on September 1. Most of the mail-in ballots were received on time but not yet counted. By Thursday evening, election officials were still counting ballots.
"I don't think there was any ill will or ill intention in missing these ballots. I think folks were just a little overwhelmed with everything that's going on," said Alex Psilakis, policy and communications manager at MassVOTE, who supervised the vote count.
The late vote count comes amid expectations of a surge of mail-in ballots during the November presidential election due to the coronavirus crisis. More than 1 million Massachusetts residents have requested vote-by-mail ballots ahead of the state's primary and November elections.