The 2020 presidential race was one of the most contested in modern U.S. history — and the controversy isn’t over yet.
According to reporting from Breitbart, a new study found that at least 15 million mail-in ballots from the 2020 election went missing or were ultimately unaccounted for by state election officials.
The figure was first revealed in a report from the election integrity watchdog group Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF). The group cited data compiled by two federal government entities, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. Election Assistance Commission (USEAC), the latter of which conducts post-election voluntary surveys of state and local election officials down to the precinct level.
Speaking with Breitbart about the group’s findings, PILF President J. Christian Adams railed against changes made to America’s elections systems in the weeks leading up to Election Day 2020.
Millions of ballots
Many changes, including more lax rules with regard to voting by mail, were put in place over concerns about COVID-19. But Adams says they may have done more harm than good.
“This is the worst way to run an election, what they did in 2020,” Adams said following the release of his group’s report.
“This is not data that we are speculating about,” he added in his talk with Breitbart. “This is federal data, and that’s where we get the 15 million number. Fifteen million ballots were sent in the mail last year that never ever came back and were counted.”
Those missing ballots, Adams said, fall into three categories: unaccounted for, undeliverable, or rejected. As for the first group, Adams said many likely ended up in the trash. What’s more concerning, he said, are undeliverable or “bounceback” ballots — those sent to voters who no longer resided at the address on their voter registrations.
Adams said those “are more troubling because it means the voter rolls are a mess,” Breitbart noted.
Asked if all of this could have impacted the outcome of the 2020 election, Adams said: “There is no question it did affect the presidential race. The only question is how much.”
The PILF chief doubled down in a separate statement on his group’s findings.
“These figures detail how the 2020 push to mail voting needs to be a one-year experiment,” Adams declared. “If continued, 2020-style chaos will become the norm.”