The Blue Shift and the Red Mirage

Half of this Country will think Mail ballots will have stolen this election by the end of today.

The Blue Shift and the Red Mirage, as they are being called, will have profound impacts on public perception. The Qanon believers will point to this election as proof that the election was stolen by the “deep state.” While Democrats are likely to think mail ballots saved Democracy from a pandemic.

And at the end of the day we won’t fix our broken voting system.

Conclusion – Part 4 of My 3 Part Series, www.novbm.com

Conclusion – Part 4 of My 3 Part Series, http://www.novbm.com

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Well, well, well. 2020 hinges on Absentee Ballots. Who could have ever guessed this would be a problem? Specifically… a problem for Democrats.

For Democrats, the time shifting that occurs in elections is really problematic. For if everyone votes Red on Election Day and Blue by Mail, then the narrative becomes…

“They’re stealing the election… with their crooked absentee ballots.” 

The narrative also becomes, “Who is ahead?” and the media loves a horse race.

But the only person ahead at any point along the way is the person who eventually has the most votes. So the horse race is an illusion created by the media. No one is ahead until all the legal votes cast have been counted.

And the side that’s screaming to stop counting votes, well, they are the people trying to rig the election by not counting all legally cast absentee and mail ballots.

After running The No Vote By Mail Project as a part-time hobby for 16 years, I have found a long list of problems with mail voting. However, even then, this election surprised me.

The dismantling of high-speed mail sorting machines is perhaps the most brilliant trick of the Trump team. I can’t find a law against it. While it highlighted a problem with mail voting I had never before considered, that the United States Postal Service is part of the Executive Branch. When you place voting under the thumb of the executive branch, via the post office, the PEOPLE no longer control their voting systems.

According to the NYT about 75% of Americans had access to mail voting this year. Because of that, this means we will in the end have no true idea who tried to vote by mail and didn’t have their vote count.  There is no way to currently find this number. I certainly don’t have the money to poll and research the subject. So the only final metric is the number of ballots received at the end of the line. And that, at the end of the day, week or month of vote counting, is the legal metric.

However, the system isn’t precise enough to accurately count 150,000,000 votes on-time in a uniform manner. Or even 100 million votes. Or even 5 Million Votes. And as the 2nd section of this series points out, each state counts ballots differently. Especially mail ballots.

The media and voters seem to be learning all the wrong lessons so far about mail voting. The Democrats are perhaps the most behind of all on the learning curve here. Especially with how badly mail ballots are hurting them so far.

My final conclusion about vote-by-mail, voting in America, and the problems we face always comes back to the same solutions Andy Stephenson and I talked about going on 16 years ago now. 

1. Hand Counted Paper Ballots, Cast and Counted at the Precincts.

2. Publicly Owned Open Sourced Software with Optical Scan type machines with no internet connections

3. Random mandatory hand audits

4. Kick Corporations out of the vote-counting or ballot handling or computer software systems

5. Drop-off Absentee Ballots are fine, but early voting centers are better

6. Early voting centers with drop-off absentee ballots rather than “mail” ballots, don’t time shift the election, with a Red-Shift Early and a Blue Shift later.

And on this last point. If Democrats fail to recognize the red-shift blue-shift problem in this election, where the pandemic made it AMAZINGLY obvious, I really don’t know how to yell about it any louder. 

Hopefully in the next 4 years we will get a chance to address myriad problems in our voting system. I am hopeful today that the Blue Shift overcomes the Red Mirage, lol, but I am not hopeful with the likes of Chris Dodd on Biden’s transition team. If anyone should stay the hell away from our voting systems, it’s that guy.

Thanks for reading. If you made it this far. Good Luck America.

Well, well, well. 2020 hinges on Absentee Ballots. Who could have ever guessed this would be a problem? Specifically… a problem for Democrats.

For Democrats, the time shifting that occurs in elections is really problematic. For if everyone votes Red on Election Day and Blue by Mail, then the narrative becomes…

“They’re stealing the election… with their crooked absentee ballots.” 

The narrative also becomes, “Who is ahead?” and the media loves a horse race.

But the only person ahead at any point along the way is the person who eventually has the most votes. So the horse race is an illusion created by the media. No one is ahead until all the legal votes cast have been counted.

And the side that’s screaming to stop counting votes, well, they are the people trying to rig the election by not counting all legally cast absentee and mail ballots.

After running The No Vote By Mail Project as a part-time hobby for 16 years, I have found a long list of problems with mail voting. However, even then, this election surprised me.

The dismantling of high-speed mail sorting machines is perhaps the most brilliant trick of the Trump team. I can’t find a law against it. While it highlighted a problem with mail voting I had never before considered, that the United States Postal Service is part of the Executive Branch. When you place voting under the thumb of the executive branch, via the post office, the PEOPLE no longer control their voting systems.

According to the NYT about 75% of Americans had access to mail voting this year. Because of that, this means we will in the end have no true idea who tried to vote by mail and didn’t have their vote count.  There is no way to currently find this number. I certainly don’t have the money to poll and research the subject. So the only final metric is the number of ballots received at the end of the line. And that, at the end of the day, week or month of vote counting, is the legal metric.

However, the system isn’t precise enough to accurately count 150,000,000 votes on-time in a uniform manner. Or even 100 million votes. Or even 5 Million Votes. And as the 2nd section of this series points out, each state counts ballots differently. Especially mail ballots.

The media and voters seem to be learning all the wrong lessons so far about mail voting. The Democrats are perhaps the most behind of all on the learning curve here. Especially with how badly mail ballots are hurting them so far.

My final conclusion about vote-by-mail, voting in America, and the problems we face always comes back to the same solutions Andy Stephenson and I talked about going on 16 years ago now. 

1. Hand Counted Paper Ballots, Cast and Counted at the Precincts.

2. Publicly Owned Open Sourced Software with Optical Scan type machines with no internet connections

3. Random mandatory hand audits

4. Kick Corporations out of the vote-counting or ballot handling or computer software systems

5. Drop-off Absentee Ballots are fine, but early voting centers are better

6. Early voting centers with drop-off absentee ballots rather than “mail” ballots, don’t time shift the election, with a Red-Shift Early and a Blue Shift later.

And on this last point. If Democrats fail to recognize the red-shift blue-shift problem in this election, where the pandemic made it AMAZINGLY obvious, I really don’t know how to yell about it any louder. 

Hopefully in the next 4 years we will get a chance to address myriad problems in our voting system. I am hopeful today that the Blue Shift overcomes the Red Mirage, lol, but I am not hopeful with the likes of Chris Dodd on Biden’s transition team. If anyone should stay the hell away from our voting systems, it’s that guy.

Thanks for reading. If you made it this far. Good Luck America.

Lost in the Mail – How the United States will discard 5 Million Ballots in 2020’s General Election

This is a 3 Part Series I’m working on regarding the problems with Vote-By-Mail that we face as a nation coming up on tomorrow and likely all week. This is the draft version and my drafts are unedited…. So feel free to comment as you see fit. I felt like providing the draft version Monday, before the election starts. I usually get a big spike in readership when mail voting goes terribly wrong…

Regards,
Gentry Lange

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LOST IN THE MAIL

Could We see 5 Million Votes in the trash this Tuesday?

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I’ve been writing about the problems with Vote-By-Mail (VBM) for about 16 years, online here at novbm.com, The No Vote By Mail Project.  It’s a blog I run, mostly as a hobby, but also because my friend, a famous voting activist in the early 2000s, Andy Stephenson’s last vote before he died was thrown out by Vote-By-Mail. That incident infamously made the Seattle Times, at the time. So I continue to track the problems, year in, and year out and occasionally I field questions from journalists who find my website in the online ether.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/election-04-way-outside-the-box/

Earlier this year, I ran for Secretary of State, in Washington (A VBM State), and lost, and lost badly, on this same issue. In fact, perhaps poetically, I got about the same amount of votes that were thrown out by the vote-by-mail system, or roughly 2%.

2% may not seem like alot, however in the grand scheme of voting it adds up. Just imagine if every time you went to the bank they claimed 2% of your money was bad, lost, your signature didn’t match on the checks you deposited. Every 2000 paycheck is 40 bucks lighter. Not much, but over the course of the year that’s a thousand bucks of your money the bank has “lost.”

And in an election where 2.5 million voters cast ballots in just one state, our vote-by-mail system threw out a whopping 40,299 ballots in the primaries alone. It gets worse. In the Presidential primary of 2020, Washington State’s voting system officially rejected almost 96,000 ballots. 

Just imagine if the bank misplaced about 100 thousand dollars every time your company deposited 2.5 million bucks, do you think anyone would notice? But that’s the reality in Washington, a state that has voted mostly by mail for almost 20 years. 1.7 to 2% is typically discarded for various reasons in almost every vote by mail election. Furthermore, Washington State is typically pointed to as the state that conducts vote-by-mail elections well.

In just this one state, the mail system disenfranchised almost 100 thousand voters, officially. Around the Country, that number was over 550k during the Presidential Primaries, as reported by Pam Fessler over at NPR. California also tossed out over 105k votes all by themselves, another predominantly VBM state.

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/22/904693468/more-than-550-000-primary-absentee-ballots-rejected-in-2020-far-outpacing-2016

This year, because of Covid-19, the Democrats in their wisdom decided to push Vote-By-Mail all over the country. In fact, Michelle Obama and Tom Hanks teamed up and became the face of the marketing push to vote-by-mail during a pandemic. And it worked, the polls show that Democrats are voting by mail in far greater percentages than Republicans.  If each state throws out 100k ballots, like Washington or California, that’s a whopping 5 million votes that have all largely self-selected as predominantly Democratic voters. That could definitely be a problem for Democrats starting Tuesday.

5 Million might be high, but we will see, as different states have different rules. They’ve already set aside over 11,000 here in my home King County, where I write this blog from, and that’s even before Tuesday has arrived… in just one county, as of last week.

https://www.kuow.org/stories/kuow-daily-news-blog

During the pandemic, and due to the nature of absentee ballots and State-By-State rules, I suspect easily more than 3 Million Votes will be lost in the mail this year nationally.  It’s really not hard to get there. It’s a relatively safe bet that at least 3 million votes get tossed in the trash, by the courts, by the rules, and by the postal machine itself. And I’m not talking about individual voter fraud here, what I am talking about is both errors in the system, as a product of that system, as well as wholesale electioneering efforts through the courts and the control of the postal system by the Trump Administration.

There’s a bit of a reality we must now face coming next Tuesday. Republicans are going to go to the polls. And Democrats should probably rally, and go as well. Every healthy absentee voter that’s already voted should go drive their aunt or brother, or friend to the polls. Give ‘em that N95 mask you’ve been saving, bring some hand sanitizer, or even stand in line for them. Why? Because your mail ballot might be tossed in the trash for various reasons, or by various laws, depending on the state in which you live. So make sure someone that would not have otherwise voted, votes, because you got them to vote. That’s just my 2 Cents though… I’m not actually a Democrat.

Anyway, I do take this all a bit personally, my vote was thrown out, here in Washington in 2008. I voted on time, and my vote in the Presidential Primaries was tossed in the trash, by the system that is…. Vote-by-Mail.

Soon your vote might be invalidated as well.

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How to Get to 5 Million Trashed Ballots –  Part 2  _________________________________________________________

State by State,
Mail Ballots are treated very differently depending on the state you vote in.

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It turns out that each state is different when it comes to voting AND absentee or mail voting. For example, in Wisconsin your best bet if you haven’t voted yet, is to drop off your ballot at a poll site or vote in person. That is if you can drop it off at a poll site on Tuesday. Because the laws vary in each state. In Wisconsin your ballot must be received by election day. So mailing it on Tuesday  is just not an option anymore… that is, if you want your vote to count. 

In Pennsylvania, you currently have 3 days after the election for ballots to arrive after Tuesday. So, apparently Friday. But a postmark on Tuesday doesn’t count, it must be received by Friday. And that could change with the next Supreme Court ruling on the matter. So mailing your mail ballot is no longer an option in Pennsylvania either. 

And what if you voted a week ago, but your ballot arrives next Saturday. Nope, your mail ballot won’t count in most states. But it will count in Utah, Washington, California, and Illinois. But apparently not Colorado and Oregon. Two all mail voting states that I’m surprised to learn have a “received by” election day cut-off according to Buzzfeed. 

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/addybaird/vote-by-mail-state-deadlines

So even now, don’t mail it in… anywhere you live. Because the Republicans have rat-fucked the post office, and now it’s running 10 days or more to mail a letter in some places, mostly cities and Democratic strongholds. However, in States like Washington, you only need to have it postmarked by election day and if it is received by the cut-off, November 23rd, your vote will be counted. After the 23rd, those ballots don’t count. Regardless of the postmark.

https://news.yahoo.com/usps-admits-delivery-times-plummeting-180354026.html

So even in Washington State, basically every State,  I’d advise you to drop it off at a poll site. Because I’ve personally received important mail 18 months late. So regardless of when you mail a ballot, a certain percentage will get lost in the mail, really no matter when you mail your ballot. I’ve mailed my ballot in Washington State 4 days ahead of the election, and gotten the letter saying it wasn’t even post-marked in time. Sorry, doesn’t count, the Kitsap County’s very nicely worded letter to me stated. I placed my ballot in an official post office mail box at the time. Weird, I know.

In fact, ballots somewhat routinely show up from previous elections in all mail voting systems. Think about that for a bit while the elections are counted and argued over this week. 

To be clear here, you should not mail your absentee ballot. You should either vote in person Tuesday, or drop off your ballot Tuesday at an official poll site. Why? Well in addition to everything else going on there’s a bunch of fake drop boxes being set-up around the country by Republicans. And you can bet there will be a lot of so-called Granny Farming going on… the practice of collecting ballots from unsuspecting old folks, and then tossing them in the river, the ocean, or burning them in the backyard. 


There’s always a few stories like this in an election with lots of postal voting…

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2020/10/31/after-dozens-of-mail-in-ballots-found-undelivered-at-miami-dade-postal-center-audit-ordered/?sh=1979a1ae1e07

Let’s repeat what I’ve said forever, do not mail your ballot. Drop your ballot at a polling site. Or vote in person. Period. Full stop. 

But what about your state, and what if you already mailed your ballot? Well here’s a moderately helpful list, but do check with your State’s Secretary of State’s official website for more info, rather than this list: 

https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-mail-voting-policies-in-effect-for-the-2020-election.aspx

What that list does show is that each state has different rules. Therefore will see each state disqualify ballots based on totally different laws and reasons reasons. My prediction? The states where it matters most will see the most litigation and the most ballots thrown in the trash. There’s 12 States in total to watch: 

1. Texas 

2. Ohio 

3. Iowa 

4. Nebraska’s Second District 

5. Georgia 

6. North Carolina 

7. Florida 

8. Pennsylvania 

9. Wisconsin 

10. Nevada 

11. Minnesota 

12. Michigan 

Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Nevada all look like great bets for both litigation and lots of ballots thrown out. 

Anyway, let’s get back to that 5 Million number I originally brought up. That number is just from my simple math and simple assumptions. California and Washington State both admit to around 100k rejected ballots. These two states are very different in population sizes. So for a rough estimate you can get to 5 Million by just going with 100k per state and multiplying by 50. 

But if you look at what the Postmaster General Louis Dejoy did by dismantling key sorting machines in highly targeted areas, the likelihood of millions and millions of delayed ballots is going to be high.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/20/postal-service-mail-sorters-removals/

What happens to a delayed ballot? It is thrown out. 

Regardless of the legality of the vote at the time the voter cast the ballot, the ballot has been legally disenfranchised when this happens. In other words, literally millions of voters will have voted on-time this year, cast their ballot through the mail, and had their ballot thrown in the trash by the end of this election. Through the simple method of sabotaging the postal sorting systems. 

That’s it. In one stupidly simple attack, the Postmaster General simply ordered sorting machines dismantled in targeted areas. Presto change-o millions of votes are delayed, and millions of votes will have been “legally” disenfranchised. 

And that’s how one simple trick might rig this whole thing for Trump.

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Part 3 * – Lost in the Mail
How 5 Million Votes might just be the start of how many votes don’t get counted this year. 

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Now look, I’m no Trump fan. Lots of people accuse me of playing into the chaos Trump has created around Vote-By-Mail. Many will say that Voting-By-Mail is safe, and the only way to vote during a pandemic. But neither are true. First, just because the idiot-in-chief goes after vote-by-mail with lies and projection, doesn’t make mail voting safe or accurate. And Second, postal voting was neither safe or accurate before 2020.

In Part 3 of this series, I will address the problems with mail voting systems, and then go over all the myriad ways in which your vote might not be counted by vote-by-mail, the system, before election night even begins. _________________________________________________________________________
Part 3 –Really Rough Edit

5 Million Votes Lost in The Mail

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Can you even get to a final number of actual votes that are thrown out or lost in the mail?

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The real problem with Donald Trump attacking our mail voting system is that the reality is much, much worse than the media is telling you when it comes to the accuracy of mail voting systems. While the President muddles the facts about mail voting with a constant stream of lies, the media and Democrats, in particular, have further harmed the public’s knowledge base as to the actual problems with mail voting. However, when it comes to a court of law, the Republicans have lots of places to attack the system and point to flaws, errors and inaccuracies.

First off, I’m going to circle back around to the fact that 16 years ago I named my research project, The No Vote By Mail Project, www.novbm.com. That’s because I am not against absentee voting. But the media, the politicians and the President have all confused this issue the most.

There are in fact many types of “absentee voting” and “mail voting” is one type. There are also computer voting systems, phone voting, and drop-off absentee voting systems that don’t require the voter to send their ballot through the byzantine, and controlled by the executive branch, postal service. 

Personally, I support drop-off absentee systems combined with early voting centers.  The drop-off absentee system eliminates a whole lot of problems inherent to mail voting. And a drop-off system can also re-establish the secret ballot, which mail ballot systems destroy. But I’ll get into all that in my conclusion (haha part 4 of my 3 part series).

Anyway, let’s say 150,000,000 voters cast a vote in 2020. 138 million voted in 2016, so it’s not a huge stretch to reach 150 million in 2020.  And about 90 Million have already voted early this year in 2020. So let us go with 150 million, just for a nice round number, and 90 Million early votes.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/early-voting-numbers…/

So let’s say 2/3rds of those who voted early, voted by mail, or roughly 60 million. And to back that up, currently The US Elections Project States the current number at  about that 60,484,338*

https://electproject.github.io/Early-Vote-2020G/index.html

Anyway, we then need to choose an error rate. So let’s take North Carolina because it happens to be a pretty representative sample state. NC is fairly new to expanded mail voting, but they are doing their best to process the surge in mail ballots. They expect about 1.5 million mail ballots this election, and they have been reporting about a 3% ongoing error rate. So you could project 45,000 mail votes tossed in North Carolina’s General Election alone.  On the low end, Washington State, averages anywhere from about 1.7-2.5% error rate, a state that has gone almost entirely to mail voting, and is pointed to as the “model” for mail voting. While I suspect states that do worse will likely see 4 or 5% error rates, accounting for new voters, etc. So the error rate we have chosen will vary, from a low of 1.7 to a high of 5, and the standard of 3%.

So at maybe 60.5 Million Early Mail Votes, with anywhere from WA low of 1.7 to a more standard looking 3 percent error rate, that would result in anywhere from 1,020,000 to about 1,800,000 votes that get tossed just during the early voting period.  While 5% hits 3 million. 

We can therefore project, based on previous reports from Vote-By-Mail states and statistics available throughout 2020 elections, that the 3% standard error-rate predicts 2 Million Votes will likely have already been invalidated due mostly to the process of mail voting. Two million votes already disenfranchised, disavoyed and soon enough discarded and destroyed even before our traditional Tuesday voting day has even begun.

Anyway, now that we’re at 2 million. How do we get to 5 million? Well, some states, like California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington are already either all VBM states or majority VBM states. In fact, California reported 428,924 invalid votes in 2016 alone.

Now in swing states, considering the amount of litigation already launched to contest and toss more ballots, one would expect we could see up to half a million votes invalidated in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as North Carolina, and Florida.

Heck Miami-Dade County is already making the news this election, for… tossing ballots at about twice the rate for African and Hispanic Voters as their white counterparts.

“The rate of ballot rejections for Black voters is almost twice as high as for white voters, according to an analysis of state data by America Votes Florida, a progressive nonprofit. For Hispanic voters, it’s more than double.”

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/…/fl-ne-across-florida…

Furthermore…

“As of Friday, election officials had set aside ballots from Black and Hispanic voters at two times the rate of ballots from White voters, according to an analysis by University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith. For people younger than 24, the rate was more than four times what it was for those 65 and older. While the number of deficient mail ballots in Florida was relatively low one week before the election, at roughly 15,200 out of more than 4.3 million cast, that figure could rise sharply: Roughly 1.6 million Floridians still had outstanding mail ballots.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/0bba976a-186f-11eb…

There were 250 Million registered voters in the US in 2016, about 138 Million Turned out that year. About 75% of total registered voters have access to mail voting, or more than 188 Million voters. If everyone voted by mail that has access to it, with a 2-3% error historical error rate, 3.75 million to 5.625 million votes would be discarded. And that’s if everyone is playing nice, and based on older voter registration data.

Furthermore everyone is not playing nice. In fact, Republicans have launched lawsuits in most battleground states already to try and throw out as many ballots as possible… tens of millions.

https://www.motherjones.com/…/the-trump-campaign-is…/

We may well see unprecedented turn-out Tuesday throughout the country. And a ton of mail votes will still be arriving this weekend, Monday, Tuesday and at different times for the following 2 weeks after the election. Legally cast, many “legal to count” ballots will be arriving for days and weeks to come. Whether or not these ballots are counted will largely depend on which state they are cast in. Perhaps we should apply the 14th amendment to counting votes? For perhaps it would make sense if “equal protection under the law” was applied to both your right to vote and to have your vote counted accurately. It just might be important in a Democratic Republic.

Mail voting numbers, and the numbers thrown out will likely continue to increase from a relatively large baseline of 65% early voting.

In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Thus far, the Postal Service said it has processed more than 4.5 billion pieces of political and election mail, more than double the 2016 election cycle, including 122 million ballots. A spokesman said the Postal Service didn’t comment on third-party data.”

“As of Oct. 30, more than seven million mailed ballots had not been returned in the 13 most competitive states that require ballots to arrive on or before Election Day, a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the University of Florida’s U.S. Elections Project found. That’s about 28% of the more than 24 million ballots that had been tallied in those states, the Elections Project data show.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/millions-of-mail-in-ballots-at-risk-in-battleground-states-with-looming-deadlines-11604152801?fbclid=IwAR2R-b8eagi6u2JsJkPOML_45b-_48pAmNbJou_OjaPv3OYm0PUPES_Q3ps

Here we learn the Postal Service calculates 122 million ballots have already arrived. So at 3% error rate, we would expect a baseline of 3,660,000 ballots invalidated from that early voting set. If we hit 150,000,000 votes (2016 was about 148 Million), that number jumps to 4.5 Million. Now all you need is one state like California to simply invalidate about the same number, half a million ballots, as they have historically… And quite easily hit my original estimate of 5 Million trashed ballots in 2020.

But of course, that’s just the ballots they can count. Ballots that arrive and are invalidated are one thing. Ballots that never arrive, that’s a whole different story. Because while each state can only officially know how many ballots are printed and sent out to registered voters, you cannot know how many voters tried to return those ballots, and how many of those ballots were lost, suppressed or destroyed before received.

There are various ways that States legally disenfranchise mail ballots. And there are also nefarious ways individuals can also suppress or stuff votes as well.  But again, I’ll address that more in the conclusion of this series, in the next few days. Currently I’m trying to stick with statistics that concern “officially” rejected and invalidated ballots voted by mail. Conjecture and projections concerning unofficially uncounted ballots, is better left until then.

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Conclusion — Stay Tuned

This election might take awhile…..

Mail Ballots, Then Hanging Chads of 2020?

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Vote-By-Mail Headlines:

Why Pennsylvania’s Vote Count Could Change After Election Night

The surge in mail-in ballots could cause a big “blue shift.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/29/absentee-ballots-not-received-us-election

Your absentee ballot never showed up. Now what?

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/28/928737201/election-officials-say-window-to-mail-back-ballots-may-be-closed-suggest-other-p

It May Be Too Late To Mail Back Your Ballot. Election Officials Stress Other Options

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/28/pennsylvania-elections-ballot-extension-supreme-court

Court decision allows extension of absentee ballot deadlines in swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina

https://www.propublica.org/article/what-to-do-if-you-change-your-mind-about-voting-by-mail

What to Do If You Change Your Mind About Voting by Mail

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/more-1-percent-mail-ballots-may-be-rejected-say-experts-n1245017

More than 1 percent of mail-in ballots may be rejected, say experts

“The vote-by-mail ballot rejections are going to be the hanging chads of 2000,” said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political science professor.

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/29/texas-mail-in-ballot-absentee/

Worried your mail-in ballot still hasn’t arrived? Here’s how to be sure your vote counts

If you’re concerned that you haven’t received your mail-in ballot, there are ways to be counted by showing up in person. Officials say ballots are still being sent out with less than a week before Election Day.

https://www.vox.com/21536156/vote-early-in-person-drop-off-ballots

Still haven’t voted? Don’t send your ballot by mail.

The deadline has passed to safely mail your ballot. Here’s what to do if you still need to vote.

Absentee voting and mail voting are not the same

Absentee voting and mail voting are not the same.

Absentee voting is the Header, and Mail voting is the subtype.

But just because the President is a moron, let’s not all get confused.

Absentee Voting Includes:
1. Mail voting
2. Drop Off Absentee Ballots
3. Phone Voting
4. Computer Voting

Each of these systems have strengths and weaknesses. #2 is the most secure and compatible with public ownership and control of elections. The other 3 hand control of our elections over to other entities both governmental and privately controlled.

We are witnessing the problems inherent, right now, when you hand over our voting system to the USPS, which is part of the Executive Branch.

From the beginning I have despised mail voting for many, many, detailed reasons. But the fact that forced mail voting removes elections from the hands of the people, and puts it in control of fascists… That’s the main reason I hate mail voting. And computerized voting, etc.

Let’s remember, Fascism is rule by the merger of State and Corporate control. So controlling our votes, and counting our votes, is part and parcel to fascism.

You are seeing it happen in real time.

And still, I swear, Democrats will lose this 2020 election, while watching it stolen, all while waiving a mail ballot high in the air and screaming, “Why, why didn’t mail voting work?”

What’s Wrong with Vote-By Mail and Mail Voting

So while we are Nationally, finally, talking about the problems with VBM, and people are paying attention I’m going to work on refreshing the list, the FAQ, and start working through some video explanations as well. I’ve been writing about problems with Mail Voting for 16 years now… so…

Problems with Vote-By-Mail (The Running List)

1. The Postal Service is part of the Executive Branch, and allows the President a lot of undue power over elections, when we vote by mail in large numbers. The Precinct system with poll sites, is not under the thumb of the executive branch.

2. Absentee ballots are not “secret ballots.”

3. Absentee ballots are still counted by the same privately owned voting machines that have been in the news, including Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and all the rest.

4. In many cases, like King County, WA, the Post Office no longer controls the incoming mail, instead a private company sorts incoming absentee ballots into precincts before giving them back to county for counting. This breaks down any chain of custody rules that may have been in place, and privatizes another link in the chain.

5. The cost of running an all mail voting system can actually be greater than a poll based voting system.

6. The Signature Verification Process is error prone and routinely disenfranchises thousands of voters when it is used. Ballots rejected for having invalid signatures are treated as “Guilty before proven innocent.”

Almost 96 thousand votes were tossed in Washington in our 2020 Presidential Primary, tens of thousands of which are routinely rejected for signature problems.

7. Voter Suppression, Vote Buying, Vote Stuffing become far easier in this system. Granny Farming is a real term, and means collecting ballots from old folk’s homes, often illegal.

8. Accidental double voting can and does happen.

9. Some studies show a short term spike, but long term decline in voter participation, in 100% absentee systems. Claims that Vote-By Mail will increase turnout have no real evidence supporting this assertion.

10. The post office loses mail or just misplaces it for years, the county loses ballots, and people lose their own ballots. MIT Reports up to 21% of ballots are lost in the mail. And New York recently rejected 1 in 5 or 20% in their 2020 Presidential Primary.

11. The Absentee System greatly alters the Precinct System.

12. Vote-By Mail systems vastly increase the time it takes to count elections. This is going to be litigated endlessly.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/07/new-york-election-failure-mail-in-voting/614446/

This is both a promise and a threat:

https://nypost.com/2020/07/30/trump-says-mail-in-ballot-election-results-may-take-years/

13. Vote-By Mail systems eliminate “Election Day” and replace it with “Election Month,” thereby greatly increasing the costs campaigns must spend on GOTV (Get-Out the Vote) efforts.

14. Many, many people have gone to jail already for rigging elections using absentees, throughout the country and around the world. This is occurring in the here and now, not some distant past. These are not “isolated incidents.”

Here’s a famous case where a whole congressional race for Mark Harris was rigged by Republicans in North Carolina:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/central-figure-north-carolina-absentee-ballot-fraud-indicted-multiple-counts-n976991

15. Vote-By Mail systems alter the time-table of the election cycle. The change to Vote-By Mail means many voters will vote before all the information has been presented by candidates, civic institutions are forced then to either adjust their calendars, or as is currently the case, they don’t change there forum dates, rather fewer voters have a chance to see candidates in person at these forums.

16. From beginning to end, the whole system of Absentee Ballots is insecure, as ballots are no longer strictly controlled by the County and citizen poll workers in the individual Precincts.

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Other things to consider:

A. Fauci says poll sites are safe with proper social distancing…

https://www.businessinsider.com/fauci-says-in-person-election-with-distancing-masks-is-safe-2020-8

B. A Hybrid System with Early Voting Centers could increase the safety and security of our elections. Making absentee voting safer with monitored drop site locations, while removing the vulnerable system of mailing our votes through the USPS. This hybrid system could also re-store the secret ballot.

C. Your Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State in Washington is either willfully ignorant or woefully ignorant of the issues.

D. There are ways to fix the system, but this election is too late. Your goal should be to vote in person at the polls if possible, drop your ballot off, and try to get 10 people to vote to overwhelm the system.

E. Moving forward after November is going to take a lot of education. Most of you all seriously don’t understand elections, accounting, or the ability to audit systems, or not.

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Okay, I’ll keep updating this list with links for sharing. Liking doesn’t help much.

Cheers.

Gentry Lange
Director of The No Vote By Mail Project

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PS I’ll be working on a full explanation of each item in the coming weeks. Welcome to the No Vote By Mail Project. It’s my way of researching and tracking the myriad problems encountered and created by all mail voting systems. I try to use this site for the education of others, as the media, and most people in general have no understanding of these systems, how they work, and how they don’t work.

Welcome Washington Voters

I know, I know, this is The No Vote By Mail Project. But as I am running for WA Secretary of State, the site is getting lots of hits….

Therefore, you may believe I want to shut down Vote-By Mail during a Pandemic. People have even accused me of exactly this.

But, first, I am not currently elected, so I have no power over your elections during this pandemic. So I neither have the power, nor am I arguing to shut-down mail voting during a pandemic. I’m arguing against other states adopting this system without knowing the faults. I am quite literally the world’s biggest critic of mail voting. But if you love Vote-by Mail, wouldn’t you want the most security paranoid person in charge of the system, rather than those who act as if problems don’t exist?

No, I won’t dismantle mail voting, I’m arguing for improvements.

I am arguing for at least:

  • 10 Early Voting Centers Per County (Adjusted for Geography and Population Needs)
  • Early Voting Center Poll Sites Open 7 Days before the election in conjunction with our drop box system
  • A real examination of why almost 36,000 votes were thrown out in 2016, and a lot more were just rejected during the primaries of 2020.
  • Improving our absentee system, rather than immediately dismantling the system
  • Real talk about the short-comings of undermining the secret ballot in Washington and VBM systems. How to restore the Secret Ballot even in an Absentee System.

Let’s all think about this during this election: The same people who signed the contracts and sold you a proverbial “bill-of-goods” on Diebold and proprietary touchscreen voting machines, are the same people selling the idea that Vote-By Mail is the solution to our voting woes. Just look at the NASS website, it is cholk full of corporate sponsors who love counting your votes. They are happy to do it with VBM. But with mail voting, your ballot is still gets fed into the same voting machines as before the implementation of Vote-By Mail.  Read the whole book “Blackbox Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century,” or watch the documentary, “Hacking Democracy,” and learn about computer voting problems yourself. Afterall, it is your Republic if you can keep it.

Has this voting machine problem been fixed? Nope. Not by mail voting it hasn’t.

https://www.nass.org/membership/corporate-affiliates

Here’s all 4 candidates in their own words, judge for yourself:

First Debate:
https://video.ksps.org/video/wa-secretary-state-primary-debate-july-16-2020-zr9cu6/

2nd Debate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnL7Ni-H9is&t=1154s

3rd Debate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YEIi5JnWKE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1piIAxHSSKvi1y-VBjZ23NHUgUovqCb3npDx4osi580WsSvgjtsNRZXPY

Bonus, a fairly neutral Spokesman Review Write-Up https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/jul/10/election-reform-in-focus-as-3-candidates-challenge/

Greg Palast on The Problems with Voting-By-Mail

https://www.gregpalast.com/our-choice-may-be-vote-by-mail-or-die/

Sorry Democrats, But Vote By Mail Won’t Save You
Most likely, it will make matters worse. I’ll let Greg Palast Explain

  • Oregon, Washington, and Colorado — are the three states with the highest number of uncounted ballots in America.
  • Your chance of losing your vote if you’re African American and young is about six times that if you’re an older white person

    “All over the country we’re going to have massive problems with minority voters. I could go on but I want to hit one final point, which is that in the African American communities, according to Michael Wychocki, one of the great mail-in experts of America. He said about 4% to 20% of messages to voters from the government go astray. And he said the 20% is in urban rental areas. You’re not supposed to lose your vote if you move down the street, but if you have moved, you’re not going to get that mail-in ballot. You’re not going to get the request for a mail-in ballot.

    You’re going to have people who never get their ballots — millions according to MIT. A huge number of the people who request a mail-in ballot never get them or never get them in time to return them. And it’s extreme in urban areas and also among students who move dorm rooms or apartments, et cetera. So basically, Democratic voters get demolished in an all mail-in election.”

Media Contact

Hi,

With the huge push to Voting By Mail, if media needs to talk to me, my cell number is 206.498.3937

Excellent Christian Science Monitor Article and News out of North Carolina

Hi Everyone! Welcome today is February 19th, 2019. I’ve been getting a few reporters tracking me down lately in the wake of North Carolina’s not surprising vote rigging scandal.

I haven’t been online for this site in several months. So I thought I’d check in to give you some updates.

Check out this recent excellent article by The Christian Science Monitor Here

Check out coverage of North Carolina here:
https://abc11.com/about/newsteam/jonah-kaplan/

Almost 40,000 Votes Rejected in 2016 General Election in Washington State’s Vote-By Mail System…. Over 1% Error

In the 2016 General Election in Washington State, 35,927 votes were rejected through the Vote-By Mail system. Almost 40,000 people were denied their right to vote. That’s out of 3,401,591 total votes that were received “on-time” by the counties. That works out to an error-rate of 1.056 percent just through the official stats I can find on ballot rejection. There’s a LOT more error in the system than that.

1 out of 100 people in Washington State tried to vote, most likely legally, and had their ballot rejected.

This is by design. And this is not a problem that can be solved with Vote-By Mail.

Here’s the reconciliation reports:

https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/research/data-and-statistics.aspx