Mark Figley: Mail-in worries for November

As we approach the 2022 mid-term elections, a conservative watchdog group on election integrity has assessed the effect of mass mail-in voting during the 2020 presidential election in key states including Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin.

Despite the media’s attempts to ignore it, a study by the Public Interest Legal Foundation found that almost 15 million mail-in ballots were unaccounted for, and more than a million more were undeliverable. Election officials also rejected another 560,000 mail-in ballots. As a result, the organization contends that the emphasis on voting by mail should not be repeated again.

Joe Biden won Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin by a mere .6 percentage points or less. The Washington Post found that flipping just 43,000 votes in those states could have led to the re-election of Donald Trump.

In the case of Arizona, Biden carried the state by 10,457 votes, but Maricopa County sent ballots to 110,092 outdated or incorrect addresses. Increased mass mail voting requires it be accompanied by equally strong voter registration information.

And election officials simply have no explanation for “unknown” mail-in ballots. The report declared that such ballots are the “greatest blind spot in the American electoral system.”

Democrats love mail-in voting, and that’s why they pushed the concept in 2020 under the auspices of COVID. It was and is part of their intensive strategy to federalize the voting process and control it from on high. This planned chaos must be resisted as we approach November’s mid-terms, especially with the number of lost ballots in most categories nearly doubling from the 2016 election.

In fact, unknown ballots nearly tripled from 5.9 million in 2016; 318,716 ballots were rejected and 568,412 were not deliverable. Interestingly, states that reported the most undeliverable ballots were heavily blue ones like New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington.

Naturally, this study will roil those who loudly proclaim that the 2020 election was fair and completely without irregularities. Yet a closer look at the problems associated with mass mail-ins alone must occur to preserve America’s long-held principle of election integrity. And despite the fact that the study doesn’t question the 2020 election results, the legitimacy of future elections is at stake.

Mainstream media and assorted elitist thinkers continue to describe any contention that the 2020 election was stolen or characterized by instances of fraud as meritless. They want reasonable people to unequivocally believe that Joe Biden, a cognitively-challenged candidate who campaigned from his basement, won more votes (81 million) for president than anyone in history.

Furthermore, the PILF study doesn’t consider the impact of social media in manipulating algorithms associated with the 2020 campaign or the media’s concealment of Hunter Biden’s scandalous and questionable behavior in enriching his family in Ukraine and China. Nor does it consider the numerous changes in election law that many states rammed home in the name of COVID or the widespread use of unsupervised ballot drop boxes.

Accomplices to these facts have a clear interest in refusing to examine the chaos that was the 2020 presidential election and believe that FBI raids of a former president’s private residence could be similarly successful in eliminating his chance to recapture the White House.

In the mean time, regardless where one stands on the 2020 presidential election, a November election of historic proportions grows closer and closer. While no one can predict what surprises are in store, voters should be prepared for anything after the shenanigans of 2020. Keeping this in mind, sensible individuals should make every effort to vote in person to better ensure their vote actually gets counted.

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.