Clark County, which includes the Las Vegas metro area, made the unusual move to mail ballots to all the nearly 1.3 million active voters in the county, rather than just those who asked them. The county justified the move as encouraging people to vote from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 450,000 voters cast their votes through the mail-in ballots.
But more than 92,000 ballots were returned by the postal service as undeliverable, according to the Public Interest Legal Foundation’s (PILF) March 10 research summary.
The amount is based on data presented in February by Clark County Voter Registrar Joe Gloria, the brief says. The Clark County Election Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Mass-mail balloting is a step backward for American elections. There are millions of voter registration records with unreliable ‘active’ address information that will ultimately send ballots to the wrong place in a mail election,” PILF President J. Christian Adams said in the brief.
Before the election, PILF condemned such mass ballot mailings in states that hadn’t had such methods already in place.
The entire state of Nevada reported only 5,863 mail ballots returned undeliverable in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 General Elections combined, the brief says, referring to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission surveys.
Adams also pointed at the H.R. 1 election reform legislation that was recently passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
The nearly 800-page bill would largely transfer power over elections to the federal government. It would cut state voter-ID laws, allow for same-day voter registration, ban witness signature specifications for mail-in ballots, and require that mail-in ballots can come as late as 10 days after election day (as long as it is post stamped by election day). It would also make it a federal crime to “communicate or cause to be communicated” information that is purposely false and designed to hinder voting and require plenty of other measures.
Conservatives have made it their goal to object to the bill.
“H.R. 1 does more harm than good for the American people and will leave them at a constant disadvantage to correct election system errors which ultimately impact their abilities to vote in a timely manner,” Adams said.
The law “basically codifies everything that was irregular or outright wrong or the opportunities for fraud during last year’s election and makes it the law of the land,” Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita recently told Breitbart News.