Report finds nearly 15 million mail-in ballots relegated to ‘unknown’ status

As former President Donald Trump and millions of his supporters continue to proclaim that voter fraud and irregularities likely played a pivotal role in the outcome of November’s election, additional information has emerged to bolster such concerns.

One recent example involves a government accountability group’s study that found nearly 15 million mail-in ballots nationwide were unaccounted for or lost.

“Hastily pushed traditionally in-person voters”

The Public Interest Legal Foundation determined that the ballots were given an “unknown” status in official documents.

The group’s leader, J. Christian Adams, argues that his group’s findings should result in an end to the Democratic-backed practice of widespread absentee voting.

A press release from the organization determined that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, “states from across the nation hastily pushed traditionally in-person voters to mail ballots while, at the same time, trying to learn how to even administer such a scenario.”

Even though the group relied on incomplete data, it nevertheless found that at least 14.7 mail-in ballots had been classified as “unknown.”

That number is a substantial portion of the roughly 90.6 million ballots sent out through the mail nationwide. Another 1.1 million ballots were returned as undeliverable and more than 560,000 were returned but rejected by election officials.

“Needs to be a one-year experiment”

As for what constitutes an “unknown” ballot, the Election Assistance Commission defines them as ballots mailed out but never returned and counted as undeliverable or unable to be tracked by the U.S. Postal Service. The PILF report noted that the USPS only officially tracks a relatively small portion of ballots sent through the mail.

Of course, there are various ways any ballot could end up in unknown status. Among the most common examples involve ballots being thrown out with junk mail or delivered to the wrong address.

Adams determined that his group’s research “detail how the 2020 push to mail voting needs to be a one-year experiment.”

Citing current proposed legislation that would centralize control of elections within the federal government, he concluded that it would “risk inflating these numbers even further, pushing our election system toward error, disenfranchisement, and ultimately widespread doubt about election outcomes.”

To be sure, there is no indication of how many of these millions of ballots were unaccounted for based on foul play or fraud. Nevertheless, the revelation is sure to stoke even more skepticism about the results of the presidential race.

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