Study finds nearly 400K CA ballots were sent to non-residents or dead people

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Oct 18th, 2020 11:36 am

Last Updated Oct 20th, 2020 at 10:41 am

A new study from the Election Integrity Project California (EIPCa) found that nearly 400,000 California ballots were sent to non-residents or dead people.

"The fear is that people who are dishonest could vote those ballots and attempt to get them counted," said Evelyn Swenson from EIPCa. "What kind of confidence to the people of California have in the system when they're getting ballots from their deceased loved one 10 years ago or someone who never lived there or someone who moved 10 years ago? That hurts the confidence in the election."

Some ballots were sent to people who moved out of California over 15 years ago.

One ballot was sent to someone who had moved to Tennessee 16 years ago.

"It just is very unfortunate," she said. "Think about how many people who have moved, and the same thing is happening over and over. How do you trust the system?"

Another resident said she receives ballots every year for the people who sold her home 15 years ago, even though she has filled out the "change of address" paperwork every year.

"[A] voter record is made inactive only when mail sent to the voter is returned undeliverable from the post office or through notification of a change of address," The L.A. County Registrar said in a statment. "If you get a ballot in the mail not addressed to you, mark it return to sender. Voter no longer lives there."

The Registrar's Office says that some of the ballots are subject to signature verification. They have the ability to check if someone voted twice in California, but not for ballots cast out-of-state.


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