We have been collecting cases on vote fraud (see an earlier post here) and we have done extensive research on voting rules in other countries (showing that most countries ban absentee ballots because of concern over vote fraud). But with the apparent vote fraud problems in the November 2020 election, it seems time to post some more examples of the problems with absentee or universal mail in ballots. At the same time California is moving to go beyond absentee ballots and make universal mail in ballots a regular feature for voting in the state.
Clark County election officials accepted my signature on eight ballot return envelopes during the general election. It’s more evidence that signature verification is a flawed security measure.
For months, election officials have told Nevadans not to worry about ballots piling up in apartment trash cans or sent to wrong addresses.
“Discarded mail ballots cannot just be picked up and voted by anyone,” a fact sheet from the secretary of state’s office says. “All mail ballots must be signed on the ballot return envelope. This signature is used to authenticate the voter and confirm that it was actually the voter and not another person who returned the mail ballot.”
I wanted to test that claim by simulating what might happen if someone returned ballots that didn’t belong to him or her. Plenty of people had this opportunity. Billy Geurin, a 10-year Las Vegas resident, found five loose ballots in his apartment mailroom. A reader emailed me a picture of a pile of mail on the side of the road, which included loose ballots. There are numerous pictures of similar examples on social media. . . .
Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria … said, “I’m confident that the process has been working throughout this process.”
He was wrong. Eight of the nine ballots went through. In other words, signature verification had an 89 percent failure rate in catching mismatched signatures. ….Victor Joecks, “Clark County election officials accepted my signature — on 8 ballot envelopes, Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 12, 2020.
Note that in Pennsylvania they didn’t even try to check to see if the signatures on the absentee ballots matched those on file. A copy of the filing that the Trump campaign has made in Pennsylvania is available here. Among the points regarding absentee ballots.
Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties alone received and processed 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots without review by the political parties and candidates. . . . [Democrat] counties provided their mail-in voters with the opportunity to cure mail-in and absentee ballot deficiencies, while Republican-heavy counties followed the law and did not provide a notice and cure process, disenfranchising those that themselves complied with the Election Code to case legal votes.
More affidavits concerning ballot fraud in Wayne County, Michigan, are available here. Typical statements involve: “Throughout the night I witnessed him insert these same 27 ballots at least five times.”
Here are other stories from Michigan about vote fraud.
“Jacob stated in an affidavit she personally witnessed — and in some cases was instructed — to backdate thousands of absentee ballots the day after the election to make them appear legal even though they were not in the Qualified Vote File. . . .
Alexandra Seely, a Michigan voter who worked as a GOP poll challenger, recounted in a handwritten affidavit how her challenges to suspect ballots were summarily ignored and she was “harassed and threatened” for raising concerns.
“I challenged 10 votes at table 23, they would not take out the log to record my challenges,” Seely’s affidavit stated. “I had to write names and ballot numbers on my own. I asked to make incident reports. They would not allow me, and said they will make a note in the computer. They did not and proceeded to keep counting.”
Zachary Larsen, a GOP lawyer who until earlier this year worked for the state of Michigan as an assistant attorney general, swore in his affidavit he witnessed poll workers violating the secrecy of ballots, apparently peeking to see whom a voter had supported before deciding whether to put them in a pile of problematic ballots that might not count….John Solomon, “Multiple Michigan residents swear they witnessed widespread voter fraud in Detroit,” Just the News, November 12, 2020.