Almost 15M Mail-in-Ballots Unaccounted for in 2020 Election: Report
'If continued, 2020-style chaos will become the norm'
Nearly 15 million mail-in ballots from the November 2020 general election have gone missing, according to a government group that focuses on electoral integrity.
The Indianapolis-based Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) presented research that noted that U.S. states “hastily pushed traditionally in-person voters to mail ballots while, at the same time, trying to learn how to even administer such a scenario.”
PILF states it is “the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity," existing “to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections.”
J. Christian Adams, the former Justice Department civil rights attorney, who is now president of PILF, said the result doesn't look for mail-in voting.
Adams said in a statement:
“These figures detail how the 2020 push to mail voting needs to be a one-year experiment."
Adams said that bills pending in Congress such as H.R. 1, the proposed “For The People Act,” “risk inflating these numbers even further, pushing our election system toward error, disenfranchisement, and ultimately widespread doubt about election outcomes."
“Some of the counties with the least experience in administering mail voting rejected the most ballots nationwide."
"If continued, 2020-style chaos will become the norm.”
PILF previously warned that lost ballots posed a much bigger problem in 2020 compared to previous years.
More than 43.1 million mail-in ballots were unaccounted for in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020.
According to federal data compilations, there were 14.7 million ballots lost by election officials in 2020.
In the 2018 general election, The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) inspector general reported only 13 percent of mail ballots used the official tracking system.
This means many things can happen to a ballot in the “unknown” column.
“A ballot can be put in the wrong mailbox and land in an unfriendly neighbor’s trash," the brief states.
"It can be thrown out with your unpaid bills. It can be left outside for the wind to carry the last mile (like seen in Nevada in 2020)."
"Election officials simply do not know what happened. Unknown ballots are the greatest blind spot in the American electoral system."
There were 14.7 million “unknown” ballots and .1 million undeliverable ballots, and 560,814 rejected ballots in the 2020 election.
PILF notes that Joe Biden carried Arizona by 10,457 votes, yet the state’s largest county, Maricopa County, sent ballots to 110,092 outdated or wrong addresses.
The Maricopa audit is still ongoing.
The same scenario replicated itself in Nevada, where Biden won by 3,596 votes, despite Clark County “bounced” 93,279 ballots.
“The lesson is clear: increased reliance on mass mail voting must correlate with aggressive voter registration list maintenance,” the brief concludes.
The report highlights that multiple counties across the country had massive numbers of “unknown” ballots.
In California, Los Angeles County had 1,491,459 such ballots:
- Orange County (482,940)
- Riverside County (454,911)
- San Diego County (317,614)
- San Bernardino County (274,937)
- Santa Clara County (251,840)
- Sacramento County (241,367)
Clark County, Nevada, had 724,708 such ballots.
Essex County, New Jersey, had 248,290 unknown ballots.
Maricopa County had 229,123 ballots in the unknown category.
Last year, President Donald Trump warned mail-in voting would lead to the most "corrupt election" in US history.
The president said mail-in voting could jeopardize the accuracy of the coming November election.
Trump wrote on Twitter at the time:
“Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION."