The controversy raised by the option of voting by mail for the U.S. presidential election continues to cause concern about the hundreds of thousands of votes that are lost as “undeliverable.”
The U.S. Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) found that 223,000 ballots sent to registered voters in Nevada’s Clark County were returned because the recipients had changed addresses, according to The Washington Free Beacon of Aug. 6.
The number of failed mailings is 17% of the total 1.3 million mail ballots sent out during the June primary vote. Clark County, which includes the famous city of Las Vegas, is home to about 75% of the state’s population.
General counsel and PILF President J. Christian Adams explained that the mail systems differ greatly from state to state and some of them are far behind those that efficiently update their databases containing voter data.
“These numbers show how vote by mail fails,” Adams said, explaining that states like Oregon and Washington keep their systems up to date.
“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,” Adams added.
The option of voting by mail appeals primarily to Democrats, who apparently believe it will benefit them, despite the multiple risks that have been evident throughout U.S. history.
To promote it, many politicians have donated hundreds of millions of dollars, including speculator George Soros, who donated $59 million through his Open Society Foundation, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The Strategic Culture Foundation explained that one of the biggest difficulties with this system is that each of the 50 states has its own procedures and regulations, in the absence of a national registration and voting system.
In the state of Virginia, for example, you simply fill out a form that is sent by mail, and you don’t have to present an identity document that guarantees that the data provided corresponds to a real person, or that it is not false, according to the Executive Director of the Council of National Interest Philip Giraldi.
The only data that would give some reliability is the social security number, which, however, can be omitted on the grounds that one lacks it or is homeless, Giraldi added.
“The American political system may be on the eve of its worst legitimacy crisis since the Civil War. Early warning signals indicate that many states could suffer catastrophic failures in counting votes in November,” warned James Bovard, a U.S. libertarian author, and speaker, on his blog July 28.