VIDEOS: Why Are Mail-in Ballots Wrong?

“So the answer to the question about what could go wrong with mail-in ballots is this: plenty.” – Peter J. Wallison, American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Emeritus.

On November 16th, 2020 a video was posted titled This Is Why “Mail In Ballots” Are A Problem.

On March 29th, 2020 the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center told One America News that the first and, so far, only complete audit of 2020 election mail-in ballots shows about 6 percent of the votes cast were illegal.

On September 11, 2020 a local election official in New York state is warned that some people are trying to request mail-in ballots on behalf of deceased people.

On October 20th, 2020, MIT News reported:

In elections, every vote counts. Or should count. But a new study by an MIT professor indicates that in the 2016 U.S. general election, 4 percent of all mail-in ballots were not counted — about 1.4 million votes, or 1 percent of all votes cast, signaling a significant problem that could grow in 2020.

The study quantifies the range of reasons for this, including late-arriving ballots, problems with ballot signatures and envelopes, and improperly marked ballots, among other things.

In an August 25th, 2020 Op-Ed column titled “Mail-in ballots: What could go wrong?” Peter J. Wallison wrote:

So the answer to the question about what could go wrong with mail-in ballots is this: plenty. Just in the recent primary election in New York, results in one race could not be reported until six weeks after the balloting as the representatives of rival candidates fought over the validity of mail-in ballots. As the Washington Post reported,

At the center of this mess is a massive influx of mail-in ballots — 403,000 returned ballots in the city this cycle vs. 23,000 that were returned and determined valid during the 2016 primary — and a system wholly unprepared to process them. It’s not just delayed results that are at issue: In the 12th District and in the primaries across the country, tens of thousands of mail-in ballots were invalidated for technicalities like a missing signature or a missing postmark on the envelope.

In New Jersey, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, 9.6% of ballots were not counted, because of deficiencies such as late delivery and lack of signatures. These controversies will not be settled by goodwill on both sides. They will eventually make it into the courts, and the inevitable delays in litigation may mean that the new Congress will convene on Jan. 3 without all the seats filled in both the House and Senate.

Infinitely worse will be the controversy over the presidency, as tedious ballot counts produce challenges to the validity of signatures, ballot delivery dates and whether a voter is truly a resident of the state in which the vote was cast. Several weeks ago, for example, the Wall Street Journal published an article by a voter who was once a resident of Washington state but is now a resident of Texas. A ballot was sent to his Washington home and dutifully forwarded by the post office to his Texas address. Clearly, he could easily vote in two states. How many partisans will resist this temptation? Imagine the fights that will occur over whether a particular voter is validly entitled to vote in Texas or Washington. Will the residency of every voter have to be verified?

California’s Mail-in Ballots

On July 13th, 2020 The Associated Press reported:

More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary, according to data obtained by The Associated Press that highlights a glaring gap in the state’s effort to ensure every vote is counted.

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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% 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.

Today California has implemented statewide mail-in balloting.

What could possibly go wrong now?

Mail-in Ballot Fraud

‘Impossible’: Analysis of 950 Military Mail-In Ballots in GA Show 100% Went to Biden.

Ballotpedia defines mail-in ballot fraud as,

Absentee/mail-in ballot vote fraud occurs when an individual commits electoral fraud via absentee or mail-in ballot. Examples include attempting to vote more than once, attempting to vote using the name of another person, and attempting to vote while being knowingly ineligible to do so.”

On October 15th, 2020 Hans A. von Spakovsky and Kaitlynn Samalis-Aldrich in their article titled “More Examples of Election Fraud Prove the Left Is in Denial About It” wrote:

The 2020 presidential election is less than three weeks away, and many Americans have already voted early or through the mail.

Unfortunately, at the same time that they are exercising their franchise, there are others out there who are taking advantage of the vulnerabilities in our system to try to steal their vote or dilute the value of their vote.

Though many on the left downplay the threats to the security and integrity of the electoral process, such fraud really does occur, jeopardizing free and fair elections for the American people.

The Heritage Election Fraud Database showcases a sampling of close to 1,300 proven instances of election fraud. Yet, many other cases go unreported and other potential cases are not investigated or prosecuted.

Here are some examples of mail-in ballot fraud:

  • A German journalist who reports that he received three ballots at his residence in Washington, D.C., for the previous tenant, who moved five years ago; the landlady, who now lives in Puerto Rico; and the landlady’s deceased husband.
  • New Jersey residents across the state reporting that they have received absentee ballots for their deceased relatives.
  • Clerical errors that sent 1,400 Virginia voters two mail-in ballots for the general election.
  • Close to 100,000 New York City voters receiving mail-in ballots with incorrect names and addresses.
  • An acquaintance of one of the writers living in Washington, D.C., who received five ballots in the mail—two for him, one for his roommate, and two for individuals who haven’t lived at his address for years. Those ballots can be seen here.


The Atlantic reported on September 30th, 2020 that, “Democrats looking ahead to the presidential election urged people to stay home in November—and vote by mail.”

An August Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that roughly half of Biden voters were expect to cast their ballot by mail for the 2020 Presidential election.

QUESTION: Did these Democrats cast their mail-in ballots lawfully?

If half of the 130 million votes cast in the 2020 election by Democrats were mail-in, then how many of these estimated 65 million mail-in ballots for Biden legally cast?

If we estimate that 6% were illegally cast then that’s 3.84 million illegal mail-in votes!

No one has seriously looked into this.

Voter fraud is real. Mail-in voter fraud is real. The future of free and fair elections is in jeopardy.

Today with mail-in ballots anyone, legal or illegally, can send in a mail-in ballot.

As we approach the 2022 mid-term elections do we have confidence that the election will be free and fair? With mail-in ballots now becoming the norm rather than the exception, we think not.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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