In this country, mail-in voting is supposed to be an accurate and acceptable way to vote. However, a recent experiment carried out by a local new station, had a very different result.
Although voting by mail seems as easy as mailing a letter, it might not be that simple. The timelines and protocols vary from state to state in regards to sending and receiving mail in ballots. According to CBSNews, in 2016, more than 73,000 out of 33 million mail-in ballots arrived too late to be counted.
Give the national situation with the coronavirus, mail-in voting is expected to be the preferred form of voting this year. Given that, “CBS This Morning” created an experiment, sending out 100 mock ballots, simulating 100 voters in locations across Philadelphia. This experiment was designed to see how long one should allow themselves, to ensure their vote counts.
Tammy Patrick, a former Arizona election official told “CBS This Morning”:
“We’re gonna see somewhere between probably 80 and 100 million voters receiving their ballot,”
CBSNews explained their process:
For the experiment, a P.O. box was set up to represent a local election office. A few days after the initial ballots were mailed, 100 more were sent.
The mock ballots used the same size envelope and same class of mail as real ballots, and even had mock votes folded in to approximate the weight. The biggest difference: real mail-in ballots have a logo that is meant to expedite them. “CBS This Morning” was unable to include those the trial.
When the P.O. box was checked a week after the initial ballots were mailed, most of them seemed to be missing.
When asked about the missing ballots, a postal worker said:
“I don’t see anything back there for you,”
When pressed, the postal worker said:
“That’s all I have back there right now.”
After asking for a manager and explaining the situation, amazingly the ballots were found.
The postal worker said:
“They had them somewhere else,”
Vote-by-mail experiment reveals potential problems within postal voting system ahead of November election https://t.co/s6hbkWEQ1Z
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 24, 2020
In addition to mis-sorted mail, there was another problem- missing ballots. Out of the 100 votes that were mailed out, only 97 had arrived successfully to the post office. This means, that about 3% of voters did not have their votes counted, which could be a make or break percentage when it comes to voting.
As the experiment continued, the second batch of ballots were counted four days after being mailed, and only about 21% had arrived at the post office.
According to Postal Service recommendations:
“voters should mail their return ballots at least one week prior to the due date.”
However, nearly half of all states still allow voters to request ballots less than a week before the election.
According to Tammy Patrick, many states’ mail-in voting policies simply do not take the postal system into account, considering nearly half of all states still allow ballot requests less than a week before the election.
“So states like Ohio, you can request your ballot on Saturday up until noon for Tuesday’s election,”
She went on to say:
“And that is the worst possible thing… you are setting up the voters with, and you’re setting them up to fail.”
— Conservative Tribune (@conserv_tribune) July 31, 2020
Some Americans say they are hesitant to trust the U.S. Postal Service, despite pandemic concerns.
When asked, mostly all who were interviewed said, they are worried or concerned about the efficiency of the US Mail system.
According to CBSNews, after nearly 15,000 votes arrived late in Philadelphia’s June primary, Deeley, who helps oversee elections, said voters are right to be wary.
“I can guarantee that I’m gonna get you your ballot, and if I get it back in time, it’s gonna be counted,”
“But I have no way of guaranteeing what happens in the postal service.”
The postmaster general declined “CBS This Morning’s” request for an interview, but in an emailed statement, the postal service said it was “committed to delivering election mail in a timely manner.”
You can read the US Postal Services full statement here.
More than 16 million mail-in ballots went missing between 2016 and 2018. Wonder why Democrats are pushing for mail-in voting?
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.
When President Trump was recently pressed by CNN’s Jim Acosta to deliver proof that voter fraud was a thing, Trump hit him with some hard facts.
It’s no secret that Jim Acosta of CNN continually inserts himself as a sparring partner for President Trump, usually in a very disrespectful, showboating sort of manner.
Recently, Jim Acosta called out the Trump administration and re-election campaign over statements made concerning mail-in ballots and how they would serve to perpetuate voter fraud.
Acosta called the notion out as fake news.
Charlie Spiering of Brietbart reports that Acosta demanded (?) evidence of such voter fraud – and the Trump group appeared happy to oblige.
Left-wing CNN activist Jim Acosta pressed Trump about claims that he made about voter fraud
Acosta continued to press Trump for evidence on the issue
Trump then brought up how voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud … that shut Acosta up pretty quick
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 8, 2020
During a White House press briefing, Acosta insisted that “all the experts say voter fraud is rare.” He continued:
“You’ve been talking about voter fraud since the beginning of this administration and where is the evidence of it?”
“I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some, okay?”
Trump then referenced nine people charged in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with “vote harvesting” mail-in ballots.
Another reference included a person from New York who was stealing and submitting absentee ballots.
— Wayne King (@TheWayneKing) April 8, 2020
A person is Pennsylvania was caught receiving at least 7 ballots in the mail at the same address. The campaign also referenced a report by the Heritage Foundation that documented more than 1,000 proven cases of voter fraud.
The campaign also told of an expert in the field who said that although voter fraud is rare, “the most common type of such fraud in the United States involves absentee ballots.”
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) April 10, 2020
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement:
“Democrats and the mainstream media always scoff at claims of voter fraud, but then completely ignore evidence from across the country. The obvious reason is that Democrats are just fine with the possibility of voter fraud. And many in the media just see the world their way.”
"The White House also shared details of 2005 commission led by President Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush’s secretary of state James A. Baker III that concluded mail-in ballots 'remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.'" https://t.co/oGBtfWIr46 via @BreitbartNews
— Lisa Mei Crowley 🇺🇲 (@LisaMei62) April 9, 2020
The Trump campaign also cited a Judicial Watch action to purge millions of ineligible voters from the rolls, and a joint project between President George W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter that concluded mail-in ballots were “the largest source of voter fraud.”
A White House source told Breitbart News in a statement:
“Outside those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts, there’s a clear consensus that universal mail-in voting would be vulnerable to fraud.”
“Those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts.”
That fully describes CNN in general, and especially Jim Acosta.
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