The letters ask the authorities about whether or not they have an exact count of mislabeled or wrong ballots, how they are assuring voters are destroying the ballots, how they intend to track any duplicate ballots, and how they jurisdictions will have people who are submitting mail ballots from voting in-person.
"The right to vote is a hallmark of American democracy and it is critical that we protect the integrity of our elections. But, with issues arising from coast to coast, I'm concerned that blanket mail-in balloting and the dramatic growth in absentee ballots this election cycle is ripe for fraud, abuse and chaos," House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., declared.
Government Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Jody Hice, R-Ga., added: "Americans deserve fair elections; tampering with the electoral process dissolves the roots of our Democracy."
The authorities in question did not do any election tampering but rather were responsible for notable ballot-related foul-ups.
Franklin County, Ohio, addressed about 50,000 ballots with wrong races posted or to voters in wrong precincts. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk sent about 2,100 misprinted ballots that did not include the presidential race but double-printed state ballot measures. The New York City Board of Elections sent nearly 100,000 absentee ballots with mismatched addresses to Brooklyn citizens.
Each jurisdiction has attempted to guarantee people will not be voting twice. Franklin County told voters to drop their original ballots on a postcard and insisted that there are redundancies "built into our system to assure every voter is allotted only one vote. Sorting systems will filter out and not accept any replacement ballots that are submitted if a voter has already voted in person."
The New York City Board of Elections told voters that they need to destroy their original ballots, but that if they already submitted it they should still fill out the replacements and submit them.
"The Board will ensure that the second ballot will be the only one that is counted," it stated in a letter.But the Republican representatives are worried that those attempts are not enough.
Brian Babin, a Republican Member of the U.S. House of Representatives tweeted his concerns: “Chief Justice John Robert's tie-breaking decision threatens the integrity & fairness of our elections.
How many more examples of ballot fraud do Democrats need to see in order to admit that universal mail-in voting is a bad policy? They’re purposefully ignoring truth & evidence.”