Concerns about the integrity of mail-in voting prompted CBS This Morning to conduct an experiment by sending out mock ballots to a fake local election office, and the results were less than encouraging.
In the experiment, a P.O. Box was set up by the show’s co-host Tony Dokoupil to represent a local election office. A few days after the initial ballots were mailed, 100 more were sent, and only 97% of the original batch had arrived after a week, and 21% of the second batch had not materialized after four days.
CBS points out that 3% of votes not being counted in a close election could have a significant impact.
Other inconsistencies were found as well, including the post office’s initial inability to find the ballots when Dokoupil went to pick them up and other mail not associated with the experiment being delivered to his box.
The fake ballots used the same size envelope, same class of mail, and were even folded the same way to approximate the weight, although real ballots do have a logo that is intended to expedite them that CBS was unable to replicate.
Democrats across the country have been pushing for expanded mail-in voting citing coronavirus concerns. But Dokoupil’s experiment raises concerns, considering that nearly half of the states in the country allow voters to request ballots less than a week before the election. The United States Postal Service recommends voters send out mail-in ballots at least one week prior to the due date.
“We’re gonna see somewhere between probably 80 and 100 million voters receiving their ballot that way,” former Arizona election official Tammy Patrick told Dokoupil.
Republicans have pushed back against universal vote-by-mail, arguing that the process is ripe for fraud, citing over a thousand voter fraud convictions and a study showing that 28 million mail-in ballots are unaccounted for over the last decade.
The Republican National Committee took notice of Dokoupil’s experiment, posting the news segment on an official Twitter account.
“Local news’ experiment in mail-in voting ends in disaster: ‘I just don’t trust the mail,’” the tweet said.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 29, 2020
Author: Andrew Mark Miller
Source: Washington Examiner: RNC warns of ‘disaster’ after CBS mail-in voting experiment reveals potential problems