Democrats are continuing to encourage Americans to vote by mail for the first time this November because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have rejected the idea, largely due to concerns of fraud and service issues that would make the results less than reliable.
For the experiment, CBS set up a P.O. box in representation of a local election office. They then mailed 100 mock ballots to the P.O. Box.
A few days after the initial ballots were mailed, they mailed 100 more.
According to the network, “the mock ballots used the same size envelope and same class of mail as real ballots, and even had mock votes folded in to approximate the weight.”
But a week after initial ballots were sent, they failed to arrive at the faux election headquarters.
After discovering some initial sorting errors, they located the mock ballots – but not all of them.
“Out of the initial batch mailed a week earlier, 97 out of 100 votes had arrived. Three simulated persons, or 3% of voters, were effectively disenfranchised by mail by giving their ballots a week to arrive. In a close election, 3% could be pivotal,” CBS reported.
The ballots mailed the week later has even more alarming results. “Four days after mailing the second batch of mock ballots, 21% of the votes hadn’t arrived.”
The Postal Service has responded to encourage voters to send their ballots prior to one week before the election, but they’ve failed to respond to the issue of delivery.
This failure to count votes along the the bipartisan commission determination that voting by mail is ripe with fraud, has many Americans voters concerned that the 2020 election may be at risk.
Can we all just agree we need to get the polls open before Nov 3?