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  • October 25, 2020

Should Voting Be Conducted Entirely By Mail? Data Suggests Otherwise.

 Should Voting Be Conducted Entirely By Mail? Data Suggests Otherwise.

Voting ballot: Absentee voting by mail with candidates and measures on paper and pen with glasses

As Democrats use the Coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to push for universal voting via mail, new data suggests these proposals are problematic. According to data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Election Administration and Voting Surveys, over 28 million mail in ballots have supposedly gone missing in the last 4 election cycles alone. This number is astounding. But this is the mere tip of the iceberg. 

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In addition to over 28 million vote by mail ballots going missing in the last 4 election cycles, over 1 million additional mail in ballots that were filled out and sent in were rejected in the last 4 election cycles. This massive number of votes would have had the potential to swing most of the many close races that have taken place in recent years. The reason for the significant majority of these rejections is not ineligible voters, but rather issues in the process of the submission made by the voter. Said issues would not occur if in person voting were to take place. In 2018 alone, it is estimated that 91.8% of absentee ballots that were filled out were actually counted. This means that 8.2%, or roughly one in 10 absentee ballots, were not counted. This statistic is also based on a mere 36% of voters voting via absentee ballots. If everyone suddenly did it, the number of uncounted ballots would surely increase, meaning even more inaccurate election results than there already are. However, despite this fact, there are even more issues with the idea of everyone voting by mail.

The next issue with universally voting by mail is the fact that voter rolls are very dirty. According to a study conducted by Pew in 2012, which was later reported by ABC, there are an estimated 24 million registered voters that are invalid on the current voter rolls. This means that if every registered voter were to receive a vote by mail ballot, which is what many Democrats have proposed, then 24 million ballots would be mailed out to people that have either died, been double registered, or have registered at the wrong address. This is an unacceptable number. The opportunities for voter fraud in a universal vote by mail system are endless. The potential for voter fraud is also exacerbated by a process referred to as ballot harvesting, in which hundreds or even thousands of ballots are taken, and often times filled out, by party officials who go door to door inquiring about your ballot.

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Elections in America are decentralized for a reason, and that reason is stability. If you want stable elections, then you must stand up against the repeated calls made by Democrats to centralize our elections and open the door for even more elections to be stolen.

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