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Wisconsin “lost track” of roughly 82,000 mail-in ballots in the state in the 2020 presidential election, the Daily Signal reported.
Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 20,682 votes in Wisconsin last November.
Wisconsin losing track of more than 82,000 mail-in ballots in the state represents more than four times the margin of difference between Biden and Trump, according to a report from the nonprofit Public Interest Legal Foundation.
The Daily Signal reports:
Joe Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump by 20,682 votes in Wisconsin in the November presidential election. However, according to the legal foundation’s report, 82,766 mail-in ballots in the state were either undeliverable or suffered an unknown fate.
A further breakdown by the legal group shows that 1.4 million ballots were sent by mail. Of those, 6,458 were undeliverable. An additional 2,981 mail-in ballots were rejected. The vast majority, 76,308, met an “unknown” fate.
“The federal data show the 2020 election had more mail ballots that were never counted than the margin of victory in the presidential election in Wisconsin,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said in a statement.
“This isn’t the way to run an election,” said Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer in the Voting Section. “Mail ballots invite error, disenfranchisement of voters, and puts the inept U.S. post office determining the outcome of elections.”
An election integrity group alleges that their investigation into the 2020 election identified over 157,000 illegally cast ballots in Wisconsin.
Matt Braynard, who leads the group Looking Ahead America Research, argues in their report that they’ve located more than enough illegally cast ballots to establish “beyond a reasonable doubt that the deserved winner of Wisconsin is unknowable.”
The Election Wiz summarized some of the main findings in the report:
Last fall, roughly 240,000 voters in Wisconsin said they were indefinitely confined, nearly a four-fold increase from the 2016 election.
Of that number, over 169,000 claimed the indefinitely confined status for the first time.
In a victory for the Trump campaign last December, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled election officials were wrong to suggest voters could claim the status of “indefinitely confined” based on the Covid pandemic.
Following the November election, LAA took up the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s challenge.
Researchers used a randomized sample of voters who claimed the confinement status for the first time in 2020.
Our Final Wisconsin Report is published. It shows 157k+illegal ballots cast in WI, 8x the margin of victory in the presidential election.
— Matt Braynard (@MattBraynard) July 27, 2021
The report from the Election Wiz added:
The researchers could not determine the status of roughly 40 percent of those voters, but the analysts were able to determine the status of 182 people (“determinable voters’).
Of the determinable voters, researchers found 165 voters illegally claimed the indefinitely confined status. In other words, LAA found in the subsample that 90.7% of persons illegally claimed the indefinitely confined status with only 9.3% legally claiming it.
Projecting those numbers out, the analysts conclude that no less than 24,037 ballots were cast illegally. However, LAA says based on their analysis, they believe the likely number is much higher.
“We can assume that around 153,539 people likely illegally claimed the indefinitely confined status,” the report states.
Last week, Election officials in the battleground state of Wisconsin have removed more than 205,000 voters from the rolls as part of routine work to keep the state’s registration lists as current as possible.
Conservatives filed lawsuits back in 2020 demanding that the Wisconsin Elections Commission remove voters from the rolls if they didn’t respond to mailings within 30 days.
Those lawsuits failed and Joe Biden took the state of Wisconsin over Donald Trump by about 20,000 votes.
On Wednesday, nearly nine months after the election, Wisconsin Commission officials deactivated 174,307 voter registrations because the voters hadn’t cast a ballot in four years and didn’t respond to a mailing.
The commission also said they deactivated 31,854 registrations of voters who may have moved and didn’t respond to a mailing.
But wait, it gets even worse.
The commission mailed postcards during the summer of 2019 to more than 230,000 voters identified by the Electronic Registration Information Center as having possibly moved.
The commission voted that summer not to deactivate them until after the April 2021 election to give them several chances to affirm they hadn’t moved.