MICHIGAN – Seems like the potential for voter fraud is cropping up in Michigan with locals apparently receiving unsolicited mail-in ballot applications for those deceased, underage, or not even citizens of the United States.
Who did Jocelyn Benson send absentee ballot applications to? Non-citizens. 16 year olds. People who have been DEAD for decades! Her illegal overstep threatens the integrity of our elections, and highlights her failure to clean up Michigan’s voter rolls. https://t.co/0WWhcXpGcn
— Bredba (@bredba) June 16, 2020
The center of this controversy seems to stem from some questionable activity enacted by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, whose name appeared on the letterhead of these mailed ballot applications along with her signature on accompanying letters.
The reason why the appearance of Benson’s name on these unrequested mail-in ballot applications is somewhat problematic is because it appears to be in direct contrast with Michigan election law section 168.931a, which states:
“Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, and except as otherwise provided in subsection, the name of an elected or appointed official of this state or a political subdivision of this state shall not appear on any ballot-related material that is provided to an elector.”
According to this very law within the state, “ballot related material” is defined as any of the following:
- Any material provided to an elector with an absent voter ballot.
- Absent voter ballot instructions.
- An envelope used to mail to an elector an absent voter ballot or any other ballot material.
- An absent voter ballot return envelope.
Yet, Michigan residents have even furnished proof online of these very envelopes emblazoned with Secretary of State Benson’s name prominently displayed on the envelopes.
But, it’s not just the fact that these unrequested mail-in ballot applications are getting sent out with Benson’s name attached to them that is causing some to be concerned.
It’s because there were allegedly several sent out to individuals no longer residing at various residents, those deceased, non-citizens, and even minors unable to participate legally in elections.
Just received an absentee ballot for an aunt who died 10 yrs ago. A colleague of mines dad was a first responder of 911, never came home, but got an absentee ballot 4 days ago. Explain?
— lulu (@LuLuBell995) June 13, 2020
Michigan Senator Ruth Johnson has been at the forefront addressing these issues with regard to combating the potential for voter fraud within the state. Once she got word of these materials getting sent out, she notified locals to send her examples faulty mail-in ballot applications being delivered to them.
Yet, despite the several concerns raised and even incidents detailing that absentee ballot requests were being mailed out to people that weren’t even alive anymore, a recent court ruling said that the move by Benson was permissible.
A judge has denied a request to halt Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's mailing of absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in Michigan. https://t.co/ECgG8AXQCT
— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) June 18, 2020
The fact that these applications are getting mailed out does pose potential wiggle-room for individuals to be able to cast multiple votes during the 2020 election cycle. While there’s safeguards said to be in place (such as signature verification), it hasn’t done much to quell recipients of multiple ballot applications.
Thanks @GovWhitmer and @JocelynBenson for mailing me ballot applications for people who moved out of state in 2015. Really giving us all a lot of confidence in the 2020 Michigan election. pic.twitter.com/GB3ZmkcR8k
— Anna Timmer (@VeritasSola) June 19, 2020
Mail-in voting seems to always guarantee one thing: missing or undeliverable ballots.
According to reports detailed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the last four election cycles from 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 has seen over 28 million mail-in ballots go missing in one way or another.
When looking at 2012, there was slightly over 33 million ballots sent out via mail. Of those shot out, over 3.7 million of them came back as “Status Unknown” according to the 2012 report.
That’s not including the over 425,000 that came back as “Undeliverable.” Every one of those ballots that goes missing or undelivered can be exploited for fraudulent voting.
A million missing ballots is a million opportunities for foul play.
That's a hard no on vote by mail. It just a method to cheat. 28 million votes by mail have been misplaced or ignored. If people can grocery shop & go to Home Depot they can go to the polls to cast a vote. Ballot harvesting is not acceptable. I want my vote to count!
— Darrell Boone (@tazmandb) April 17, 2020
So, one would be hardly surprised that 2014 carried some of the same kind of shenanigans, just with higher “Status Unknown” mail-in ballots. Over 8 million ballots were listed as “Status Unknown,” with over 600,000 ballots being listed as “Undeliverable.”
We reported before on the fiasco that was mail-in voting between 2016 and 2018, which was what brought us up to this near-thirty-million sum of mail-in ballots gone missing. Here’s the 2016 and 2018 details we mentioned earlier in April:
Research shows that between the 2016 and 2018 elections, a healthy amount of mail-in ballots went missing in some way or another.
Over 16 million ballots to be precise, between the two election years.
When reviewing the 2018 midterm elections, approximately 42.4 million ballots were mailed out to registered voters. Out of all those mail-in ballots shot out to voters, about 1 million were “undeliverable,” over 430,000 were listed as “rejected,” and 10.5 million simply went missing.
This is why democrats want mail in voting. They make sure the people picking up the ballots are liberal democrat criminals. https://t.co/kc12aFiWxf
— Quibble (@quibbleframeup) April 11, 2020
Each and every time something like that transpires, it can be exploited.
Going back to the infamous 2016 election, roughly 41.6 million ballots were sent out to registered voters. In that instance, about 320,000 were “rejected,” over 568,000 mail-in ballots were described as “undeliverable,” and nearly 6 million ballots went missing overall.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation conducted the immense study pertaining to mail-in ballots, exposing the obvious flaws that exist on the smaller scale versus what’s being suggested by Democrats today.
J. Christian Adams, who serves as the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, stated the following about the findings:
“These represent 16 million opportunities for someone to cheat. Absentee ballot fraud is the most common; the most expensive to investigate; and can never be reversed after an election. The status quo was already bad for mail balloting. The proposed emergency fix is worse.”
The logic presented by Adams is spot on. If the current system of mail-in ballots shows already creates easy exploits for voter fraud, expanding the system only expands the gaps and vulnerabilities.
Certain areas during the 2018 midterms were hit harder than other for missing ballots. For instance, various counties in California saw over 3 million missing ballots in 2018, with 1.4 million of those intended only for Los Angeles, California.
Also, Maricopa County, Arizona had over 400,000 missing ballots in 2018; as well as King County, Washington losing around 353,000 in 2018.
That a lot of room for fraud to occur.
We even have a recent example stemming from Wisconsin, where hundreds of absentee ballots simply went undelivered. Then, they were magically discovered after local voting deadlines had passed.
BIG problems with Mail-In Voting in Wisconsin this week 👇🏻
"Attention turned to missing absentee ballots Wednesday as state officials reported three tubs of them were discovered in a mail processing center…"https://t.co/IHXx7hpLuS
— Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) April 11, 2020
Republican Sen. Dan Feyen commented on the situation with missing absentee ballots in the state:
“I learned today that the (Wisconsin Elections Commission) received a call from a postal service worker informing them 3 large tubs of absentee ballots from Oshkosh and Appleton, were just located.”
Meagan Wolfe, an administrator for the WEC, said she was communicating with the U.S. Postal Service about what might have gone wrong. So far, she hasn’t gotten any suitable response to satisfy ongoing inquiries:
“We don’t have answers on that at this point.”
But sure, mail-in voting would be perfectly fine for the national election later this year.
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