This year, 66% of Americans are likely to vote by mail, according to researchers from major academic institutions.
Could mail-in ballots lead to voter fraud?
“States use a variety of mechanisms to verify that absentee voters are who they say they are, most often checking ballot signatures against voters’ registration signatures,” reports NBC.
“It would be almost impossible to pull off voter fraud on a scale that would be required to tip the balance,” states Steve Simon, Minnesota’s secretary of state.
According to a 2017 study by the Brennan Center for Justice, voting fraud in the US is between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.
“We have vanishingly rare cases of voter misconduct. The security precautions in place have stood the test of time.”
Rampant fraud not a concern, just postal budget cuts:
Due to the Postmaster General’s recent cost-cutting measures, citizens are likely to see a delay in the receipt of mail-in ballots. Votes that are received late may not be counted, depending on the state. Some worry that this may disenfranchise record numbers of Americans. At least one state is getting creative, and has developed ‘printable’ ballots that voters can hand-deliver to drop boxes.
For more on 2020 voter fraud, visit the BBC.