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Number of disqualified Asian voters could impact election

Former California State Senator Richard Pan expressed fears Friday a disproportionate number of ballots cast by Asian Americans are being disqualified.

He is currently locked in a battle for second place in Sacramento’s mayor’s race. The top two vote getters advance to the general election in November.

The latest vote totals as of Saturday morning show just 162 votes separate Pan (D) now in third place from State Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D) who is in second. Flo Cofer is comfortably ahead with 28% of the vote.

KXTV reports a study by Asian Americans Advancing Justice found that signature rejection is 15% higher for Asian Americans because some voters may sign their name in Asian characters instead of how they signed it on their driver’s license.

“What studies have shown is that… Asian Americans may sign with their real signature in characters instead of what may be reflected in their filing or DMV and their ballot may be rejected,” said Pan.

However, another study done by the Center for Inclusive Democracy found no difference between the rejection rate of Asian American ballots from other demographics.

Sacramento does not keep track of the demographic of rejected voters.

“There is really no way to tell if they are disproportionately impacted by mismatch signatures in this race except anecdotally,” said Sacramento County Voter Registrar Ken Casparis.

Pan has slipped in the vote count since election night when he was in first place, reported Fox40.

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