Data: 100K Mail-In Ballot Applications Returned as ‘Undeliverable’ in Rhode Island

King County Election workers collect ballots from a drop box in the Washington State primary, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Seattle. Washington is a vote by mail state. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
AP Photo/John Froschauer

About 100,000 mail-in ballot applications were returned as “undeliverable” in Rhode Island’s recent primary election, according to state records.

Overall, about one-in-eight mail-in ballot applications that were sent out, unsolicited, by Rhode Island state officials were returned and deemed undeliverable. This means that in the June 2 election, about 12.5 percent of the nearly 780,000 mail-in ballot applications sent to registered voters had to be sent back to state officials for being undeliverable.

In a letter to Rhode Island officials, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is asking for more information on the 100,000 undelivered mail-in ballot applications.

“One in eight Rhode Island registrants are no longer home, according to this latest primary election,” PILF President J. Christian Adams said in a statement. “We’re probing this state’s records to make certain that voter rolls are prepared for November.”

Since 2015, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has removed more than 131,000 registrants from its voter rolls, according to Rhode Island’s Department of State spokesperson Nick Domings.

Nearly 40,000 of those removed had died while almost 15,000 were duplicate voters; about 13,600 moved out of the state, and more than 48,000 had been inactive voters for two consecutive federal elections.

(Public Interest Legal Foundation)

As Breitbart News has reported, more than 2.1 million mail-in ballots have been deemed undeliverable in the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections. Since 2012, more than 28 million mail-in ballots have gone missing.

Baltimore, Maryland recently experienced issues with their predominately mail-in voting election. A number of mail-in votes were discarded and not counted as a result of an election error. Likewise, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, officials admitted that duplicate ballots were mailed out to registered voters.

Recent data has not shown a compelling public health justification for mail-in voting. In Wisconsin’s April election, only 52 of more than 400,000 voters and poll workers were confirmed to have contracted the Chinese coronavirus. None of those cases were fatal. This equals an infection rate below two-hundredths of one percent.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that 100,000 mail-in ballot applications (not actual ballots) were returned as undeliverable and to include that Rhode Island has worked to clean up its voter rolls since 2015.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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