The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a group of lawyers dedicated exclusively to electoral law, filed two court briefs in early July 2020 claiming that at least 30,000 people voted twice between 2016 and 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia, two of the states considered key to winning the election. Other reports by the law firm more recently include voter rolls containing thousands of deceased voters, The Washington Times reported.
The issue of whether to vote by mail or in person has become a battle between President Trump along with the vast majority of Republicans and the Democrats’ opposition, who with the help of mainstream media and large social media corporations such as Facebook and Twitter, have challenged the idea that universal mail-in voting is not safe, as President Trump said.
PILF, backed by the experienced Hans Von Spakovsky, along with Judicial Watch, have dedicated themselves to documenting the irregularities in the mail-in voting system and their work now presents the opportunity to argue with real and recent examples what President Trump has been demanding; a universal vote by mail is susceptible to fraud and could end up in chaos.
In this year’s primary election alone, 534,000 ballots were rejected nationwide, more than the 215,000 compared to last year. In Clark County, Nevada, with an active voter roll of 1.3 million, there were 225,000 rejected ballots and only 305,000 ballots were validated and counted, according to the PILF report.
The most common reasons why a ballot was rejected include that the signature does not match that recorded on the voter rolls, or the vote has not been filled out properly, for example an option was incorrectly crossed out, or the voting stamp is missing from the envelope. Each state has its own laws and voting rules, and it’s very likely that people who are voting for the first time will make mistakes when filling out their ballots, precisely because they haven’t become familiar with these instructions.
“American voters have a variety of warning signs demonstrating why voting in person in 2020 is the safest option to ensure their vote counts,” PILF spokesman Logan Churchwell told The Washington Times. “Even if they trust the postal system enough to get their votes handled on time, they still risk historic amounts of rejected ballots.”
In order to file the court briefings, PILF had to litigate to solicit statewide voter data and voter rolls.
In North Carolina, auditors found nearly 20,000 registered voters who voted twice in the 2016 and 2018 elections.
In Georgia, PILF found at least 4,000 deceased people were still listed on the rolls as active voters and they registered 10,000 people who voted twice in 2016 and 2018.
Meanwhile, Washington D.C.-based Judicial Watch sued at least six local election agencies to clean up their rolls that were full of deceased persons. In some counties, Judicial Watch found that voter lists are so inflated or outdated that there are more registered voters than residents.
In 2019, the group found at least 2.5 million “extra” voters nationwide. Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch said that 20% of the counties in Washington and 67% of Colorado have more registered voters than people actually living there.
Fitton told The Washington Times, “No reason to believe things haven’t gotten much better since.”
Judicial Watch also sued Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson for the proposal to send mail-in ballots to everyone, including residents who have not voted in years. Fitton said that thanks to his lawsuit the California Legislature changed the laws so that ballots go only to active voters.
That was the failed case in Clark County, Nevada, where in addition to sending votes to all registered voters, even people who haven’t voted in years, at the state level the Democrats also passed “ballots harvesting,” allowing third parties to collect votes to be counted.
It is estimated that in this year’s election, of the total 138 million voters in the United States, some 80 million will vote by mail.
In the 2016 election President Trump became the president thanks to some 80,000 votes in three states that gave him the electoral college victory with 306 electoral votes, but he did not win the popular vote. Looking at the figures presented by Judicial Watch and PILF in just 3 states, and the statistics from this year’s primary election, it is hard not to be concerned about the Democrats’ intention to hold a universal vote by mail.