WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNEWS.COM) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to sweep locations in several states for left behind mail-in ballots and to send them to be counted immediately.

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The order — affecting facilities in six key battleground states, including Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Florida — comes after the Postal Service revealed more than 300,000 ballots were received but unable to be traced to their destination, according to data analyzed by the NAACP.

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