Democrats are pushing strongly for a vote-by-mail system in all 50 states ahead of November’s crucial elections amid the coronavirus.
But a new report lends credence to those who say the process is ripe for fraud and abuse.
More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary because of “mistakes.”
President Donald Trump has argued countless times that he’s against mail-in voting because it can pave the way for mass fraud.
The California secretary of state’s election data obtained by the AP showed 102,428 mail-in ballots were disqualified in the state’s 58 counties, about 1.5 percent of the nearly 7 million mail-in ballots returned. That percentage is the highest in a primary since 2014, and the overall number is the highest in a statewide election since 2010.
Two years ago, the national average of rejected mail ballots in the general election was about 1.4 percent and in the 2016 presidential election year it was 1 percent, according to a U.S. Election Assistance Commission study.
The most common problem, by far, in California was missing the deadline for the ballot to be mailed and arrive. To count in the election, ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days afterward. Statewide, 70,330 ballots missed those marks.
Another 27,525 either didn’t have a signature, or the signature didn’t match the one on record for the voter.
Consider how many state and local races in November will be very close, meaning it’s possible that less than 1,000 votes could decide the outcome.
Let’s speculate for a second.
Let’s say Republicans were favored to win a few U.S. House seats back in November that they lost during the midterms back in 2018.
It would not be terribly difficult, one could argue, for election works to simply throw away ballots that they collected from an area in which they assume was more conservative than liberal.
It’s fair to argue that a few liberal workers could easily alter an election if they each throw away a few hundred ballots.
The Epoch Times also reported how research found that California has had major issues with mail-in voting over the years.
Research by Alexander’s group has found that an average of nearly two of every 100 mail-in ballots were voided in statewide elections between 2010 and 2018. However, over that time, the rate of disqualification has improved, dropping from over 140,000 ballots, or 2.9 percent in the 2010 general election, to 84,825 ballots, or 1 percent, in 2018.
Last March, the highest rejection rate in California was in San Francisco, where 9,407 ballots, or nearly 5 percent of the total, were set aside, mostly because they did not arrive on time. By contrast, in rural Plumas County northeast of Sacramento, all of the 8,207 mail-in ballots received were accepted.
In Los Angeles County, nearly 2,800 ballots were nullified because the voter forgot to sign it, then couldn’t be found to fix the error. Statewide, that careless mistake spiked nearly 13,000 ballots.
More than 1,000 ballots were disqualified in Fresno County because the signature didn’t match the one on file with election officials. The same problem nixed over 1,300 ballots in San Diego County—and over 14,000 statewide. In some of those cases, voting experts say, a family member might have signed for others in the household, which is illegal.