Why Using Mail-In Ballots is a Bad Idea
By Hans von Spakovsky. If a state switches to all-mail elections (as Oregon has) in which the state mails ballots to all registered voters, such ballots will unquestionably be sent to the addresses of registered voters who are dead or who no longer live at their registered addresses. Most states are notoriously slow in correcting their voter registration lists, and the number of registered voters in some, as shown by Census data, is greater than their voting-age populations. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter identification law, it pointed out that “as of 2004 Indiana’s voter rolls were inflated by as much as 41.4 percent.”
Thus, there will be thousands of blank absentee ballots arriving in the mail that individuals will use to cast bogus ballots. For example, in 2000, a survey of just one county in Oregon reported that about 5 percent of residents admitted that other people marked their ballots and 2.4 percent admitted that other people signed their ballot envelopes. The professor who conducted the study suspected that the real numbers were higher since most people are reluctant to admit being a party to a crime.
When the author of this paper attended a meeting of the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in Oregon several years ago, an Oregon election official gave a presentation on how “secure” their voting system was. As he was speaking, an election official from another state leaned over and told the author that his sister-in-law, who lived in Oregon, had admitted to him that she had voted three times in the last election. She voted her husband’s ballot, her own ballot, and a third ballot that had been mailed to her house in her maiden name.
Mailed-in votes are often cast in unmonitored settings where no election officials or independent observers are present to ensure that the registered voter is actually the person voting and that there is no illegal coercion or payment for a vote. As a result, the secret ballot is under siege; it is too easy for wrongdoers to request absentee ballots in the names of registered voters, particularly poor residents and senior citizens, and then either intimidate them into voting a certain way or fraudulently completing their ballots for them. Such intimidation is much more difficult to achieve when individuals vote in a polling place by casting a secret ballot under the supervision and observation of election officials and poll watchers. (Read more about why Lisa Murkowski’s love of mail-in ballots is a bad idea HERE)
Lisa Murkowski Loves Mail-In Ballots
Lisa Murkowski put out the following YouTube on her Senate webpage explaining her view that mail-in ballots should be permitted for any purpose. Given Lisa Murkowski’s historic reliance on vote fraud to win her past elections, this should not surprise anyone: