According to a breaking report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation, almost 15 million mail-in ballots in the 2020 election went unaccounted for.
The research brief published by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) notes that, while the U.S. was dealing with the COVID pandemic, several states “hastily pushed traditionally in-person voters to mail ballots while, at the same time, trying to learn how to even administer such a scenario.”
PILF describes itself as “the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity,” existing “to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections.”
According to the president of PILF, former Department of Justice civil rights attorney J. Christian Adams, the results of their report do not bode well for mail-in voting.
“These figures detail how the 2020 push to mail voting needs to be a one-year experiment,” Adams said in a statement.
Adams also noted that the radical left’s attempts at federal election overhaul, like the proposed “For The People Act,” which Senator Ted Cruz dubbed the Corrupt Politicians Act, “risk inflating these numbers even further, pushing our election system toward error, disenfranchisement, and ultimately widespread doubt about election outcomes.”
“Some of the counties with the least experience in administering mail voting rejected the most ballots nationwide. If continued, 2020-style chaos will become the norm,” he added.
PILF had warned prior to the election that lost ballots would be an even bigger problem in 2020 than in previous years.
According to reporting from the Epoch Times, “In total, elections in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 saw more than 43.1 million unaccounted for mail-in ballots.”
During the 2020 election, federal data compilations indicate that the whereabouts of approximately 14.7 million ballots have been deemed “unknown” by election officials, according to PILF’s brief.
In gathering this data, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission asked local officials to report the number of ballots that were not returned as voted, were marked as undeliverable, or were otherwise “unable to be tracked.”
Unfortunately, it becomes extremely difficult to determine how these ballots were lost, as there are a wide variety of issues that can occur that would move a ballot to the “unknown” column.
“A ballot can be put in the wrong mailbox and land in an unfriendly neighbor’s trash. It can be thrown out with your unpaid bills. It can be left outside for the wind to carry the last mile (like seen in Nevada in 2020). Election officials simply do not know what happened. Unknown ballots are the greatest blind spot in the American electoral system,” the brief states.
Alongside the 14.7 million “unknown” ballots, the 2020 election saw 1.1 million undeliverable ballots, and 560,814 rejected ballots.
Putting these figures into perspective, PILF used Arizona as an example, noting that Joe Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes, but Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, had reportedly sent ballots to 110,092 outdated or incorrect addresses.
A similar issue happened in Nevada, where Biden won by 33,596 votes, despite the fact that Clark County “bounced” 93,279 ballots.
“The lesson is clear: increased reliance on mass mail voting must correlate with aggressive voter registration list maintenance,” the brief concludes.
The Epoch Times analyzed the brief and reported:
“The report notes that many counties across the country had large numbers of ‘unknown’ ballots.
In California, Los Angeles County had 1,491,459 such ballots, followed by Orange County (482,940), Riverside County (454,911), San Diego County (317,614), San Bernardino County (274,937), Santa Clara County (251,840), and Sacramento County (241,367).
Clark County, Nevada, had 724,708 such ballots. Essex County, New Jersey, had 248,290 unknown ballots, and Maricopa County had 229,123 ballots in the unknown category.”