by DNA America Staff
According to research by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), more than 10.8 million mail-in ballots “disappeared” in California’s midterm elections last year.
California election officials mailed more than 22.1 million ballots to registered voters, but 10.8 million “disappeared.”
“A significant number of mail-in ballots were rejected during California’s first year of mass mail voting. During the 2022 primary and general election 226,250 mail-in ballots were rejected by election officials. These refusals represent the potential disenfranchisement of voters due to the move to voting by mail,” says PILF.
PILF researchers say that “with mass mail-in elections, the problems accumulate.”
The investigation reveals that “after counting the votes at the polling places and the rejected ballots in November 2022, there were more than 10 million ballots pending, which means that election officials do not know what happened to them.”
PILF says that “it is fair to assume that most of these were ignored or ultimately discarded by their intended recipients. But, under the mass mail-in elections, we can only assume what happened. Vote-by-mail practices have an insurmountable information gap.”
They also claim that “the public cannot know how many ballots were ignored, delivered to the wrong mailboxes, or even withheld from the proper recipient by someone at the same address.”
Christian Adams, President of the PILF assures that “mail-in ballots disenfranchise. There are many reasons why mail-in ballots ultimately don’t count. No one casting their ballot at home can correct a mistake before it’s too late. Vote by mail should serve as a warning to state legislators elsewhere.”
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Photo “Mail-In Ballot Drop Off” by Chris Phan. CC BY-SA 3.0.