It’s a given: The more human beings who are involved in any task, the more the certainty of disaster. Voting is not a group activity. It should be a private act between yourself and your conscience. But forcing people to vote by mail unnecessarily involves postal workers, clerks, registrars, and election officials — any one of which can screw it up.
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
The U.S. Postal Service has identified hundreds of absentee ballots for the April election that never made it to voters or couldn’t be counted because of postmark problems, a new report says.
The post office’s internal watchdog chalked the problems up to receiving outgoing absentee ballots at the last moment from election officials, inconsistent postmarking of ballots and one mail carrier’s inattention to getting absentee ballots to voters in Fox Point.
The U.S. Postal Service inspector general's report for Wisconsin reveals another example of the potential ramifications in the upcoming elections as officials brace for record-shattering absentee ballot requests this fall. @patrickdmarleyhttps://t.co/xHHLnqmPfA— newtgingrich (@newtgingrich) July 12, 2020
You latest "holy smokes!" number on Wisconsin elections:— JR Ross (@jrrosswrites) July 10, 2020
As of today, 681,540 absentee ballots have been requested for the Aug. 11 primary.
4 years ago, 645,619 votes were cast overall in the August primary, 101,803 by absentee ballot.
See the update:https://t.co/S7kN2eYI7b
The U.S. Postal Service's internal watchdog finds in a report that voting ballots from Wisconsin's April primary went undelivered due to election officials attempting to send absentee ballots to voters at the last minute. https://t.co/qpWQI0RRVy— WPR (@WPR) July 11, 2020
Hundreds of absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s April primary election never made it to voters or went uncounted because of postmark problems. https://t.co/1ES4hKvDBf— WEAU 13 News (@WEAU13News) July 11, 2020