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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Mail-in balloting is causing increasing confusion throughout the country.
More evidence of mail-in-balloting bedlam can be seen from a new study showing nearly 2 million 'extra' voters registered throughout the country, reports indicating weak online security opens the door to canceling other voters' ballots and the battleground state of Pennsylvania rejecting almost 400 thousand mail-in applications.
A recent study by a government watchdog shows a total of nearly 2 million 'extra' registered voters nationwide.
"The new study shows 1.8 million excess, or 'ghost' voters in 353 counties across 29 states," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "The data highlights the recklessness of mailing blindly ballots and ballot applications to voter registration lists. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections."
The Judicial Watch report also reveals eight states with registered voters totaling in excess of 100% of eligible voters statewide. Those states are Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont.
"Judicial Watch relies on its voter registration studies to warn states that they are failing to comply with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires states to make reasonable efforts to clean their voter rolls," reads a press release announcing the study.
It explains that Judicial Watch has sued to enforce compliance with federal law.
The Epoch Times reported on Sunday that online security is so lax in some states that spying on other people's mail-in ballots is possible. Obtaining basic personal information is enough even for canceling ballots.
Washington State only requires a name and date of birth as a login. Once logged in, personal details can be viewed and a new ballot can be requested. Though the website specifies requesting a new ballot cancels any previously mailed, this suggests "somebody can log in and cancel another person's ballot by requesting a new one," according to the publication.
Login credentials in Oregon also require a name and date of birth only, raising the same concerns.
Another option for military, overseas or disabled voters allows them to fill out the ballot online, print it and then mail it. But "there doesn't seem to be any verification that would prevent other voters from using it and thus potentially invalidate any other ballot they were previously issued," according to the Epoch Times.
Washington and Oregon have been using all-mail elections for years, but other states like California are doing so for the first time in a hurried manner with no preparation.
Pennsylvania rejected 372 thousand applications for mail-in ballots, confusing election officials and voters alike.
"The volume of calls we have been getting has been overwhelming," said Marybeth Kuznik, elections director in Armstrong County, northeast of Pittsburgh. "It has been almost like a denial of service attack at times because it seemed that sometimes all I could get done was answer the phone!"
Officials statewide are basing the rejections mostly on duplicate requests.
"Workers must handle every application individually. We basically have to treat them all the same," Bill Turner, acting elections director for Chester County, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're taking a tremendous amount of staff time and effort, only to find out it's a duplicate."
The feverish push for mail-in balloting in the wake of the Wuhan virus is also part of the problem according to one researcher.
"States that have large numbers of successful mail voters, pre-pandemic, have educated their voters about this process over decades, and Pennsylvania is trying to do this in a matter of months," said David Becker, founder and executive director of Center for Election Innovation & Research in Washington.
"Nongovernmental groups have inundated Pennsylvania voters with mail ballot applications, making it easy to request ballots — and contributing to the flood of duplicates," explains the multi-authored report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Voters often believe these unsolicited and sometimes inaccurate applications come directly from elections offices. Some voters are filling them out even if they've previously submitted a ballot application."