On April 7, 2020, Wisconsin held one of its most chaotic elections ever. The coronavirus pandemic was peaking, state and local lockdown orders were in place. As a result, a whopping 60% of all voters in the state turned to absentee ballots as a safer alternative instead of going to the polls in person. With many people voting absentee for the first time, it’s not surprising that some made mistakes. Local officials rejected more than 23,000 ballots because they were improperly filled out, or not witnessed appropriately. If not counting 23,000 votes in a state of 4.4 million people of voting age doesn’t sound like a lot, consider this: in 2016, Donald Trump won Wisconsin by an almost identical margin. So, as we gear up for the November election in 2020, and with absentee ballots destined to make up an even larger percentage of the votes cast, the big question is, are we ready? Dee Hall is the managing editor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, which has been covering this story in their Narrow Margin series.