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Felt-tipped pens can be used to fill out ballots without invalidating them.

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Election officials in Pennsylvania and Arizona have guaranteed that ballots will be counted regardless of the type of pen used to indicate the vote. Election officials note that if a ballot cannot be processed by the scan machine due to a bleed over mark from a marker, a duplicate ballot will be made and counted. Felt-tipped pens are preferred at polling places statewide because they do not dry out as quickly as other options. In Arizona, early ballots may have a “canceled” status if the voter chose to vote in-person, not because of the pen used.

Last updated Wednesday, November 4, 2020 10:25 PM EST

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