As the debate over mail-in votings rages strictly along party lines ahead of the November general election, two key battleground states have seen large numbers of mail-in ballot errors according to two watchdog group reports out this week.
In Virginia, a non-profit group says that over half a million incorrect applications for absentee ballots were mistakenly sent throughout the key swing state. This included mailers being sent to “dead voters, errant relatives and even a pet,” according to Just the News. The outlet notes that this is “an unprecedented mailing flub that has heightened concerns about the integrity of expanding mail-in voting efforts.”
The Center for Voter Information is apologizing after sending out the mailers with pre-filled absentee ballots to the hundreds of thousands of voters in counties which included Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Franklin City, Franklin County, Richmond City, Richmond County, Roanoke City, and Roanoke County.
The group said that the application mailings were sent to “eligible voters” and that “some of the mailers may have directed the return envelopes” to the incorrect election offices.
“Approximately half a million applications sent to eligible voters in Virginia included incorrect information, and we are working diligently to address the issues. Mistakes in our programming are very rare, but we take them seriously, and our methods overall are extraordinarily effective,” the center said in a statement.
“We know that voters are on high alert as the November election approaches, and we regret adding to any confusion. Please rest assured that we are working with local election officials in Virginia to re-direct the vote-by-mail applications to the proper locations, and will rectify any errors at our own expense,” the group said.
Meanwhile, in the burgeoning battleground state of Nevada, over 200K mail-in primary ballots were sent to the wrong address.
The state has been sued by the Trump administration for its plans to mail ballots to every voter for November’s election.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
More than one-sixth of the mail-in ballots sent to voters in Nevada’s largest county during the 2020 primary went to outdated addresses, according to a new watchdog report.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, reviewed the 1.3 million mail-in ballots Nevada’s Clark County sent during the June primary. It found that more than 223,000 of the ballots were sent to outdated addresses, leading the postal service to designate them as “undeliverable.” The undeliverable ballots accounted for 17 percent of all ballots mailed to registered voters. Nearly 75 percent of Nevada’s total population resides in the county, which includes Las Vegas.
“These numbers show how vote by mail fails,” said J. Christian Adams, PILF’s president and general counsel. “New proponents of mail balloting don’t often understand how it actually works. States like Oregon and Washington spent many years building their mail voting systems and are notably aggressive with voter list maintenance efforts. Pride in their own systems does not somehow transfer across state lines. Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for November.”
Indeed, in New York earlier this week, the New York Post reported that 84,000 mail-in ballots were disqualified from the Democratic presidential primary in June.
The Democrats have been pushing hard for increased mail-in voting efforts, but critics continue to raise concerns about…well, just this. Rampant error and confusion that could make a mess out of an already incredibly messy election.
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