The 2020 election brought about a surge in mail-in voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute revealed some concerning findings—a significant number of voters who submitted mail-in ballots engaged in fraudulent activities.
Among those who participated in mail-in voting, an alarming 21 percent acknowledged completing a ballot on behalf of another person, be it a family member or friend. This action is deemed illegal nationwide, irrespective of whether states permit assistance during voting.
Moreover, 17 percent of mail-in voters admitted to submitting a ballot in a state where they were no longer permanent residents, thus contravening federal election law. Additionally, another 17 percent confessed to signing a vote on behalf of someone else, constituting another breach of election law.
The implications of these survey results are profound. Americans have been assured that the 2020 election was the most secure in history for years. However, if these findings accurately represent, the opposite holds. This conclusion is not based on conspiracy theories or questionable evidence but rather on the direct responses of voters themselves.
In addition to the respondents’ involvement in fraudulent activities, the survey revealed that 10 percent of all voters knew someone who confessed to casting a mail-in ballot in a state where they were not permanent residents. Furthermore, 11 percent knew someone who admitted to signing a mail-in vote on behalf of someone else during the 2020 election.
The significant increase in mail-in voting during the 2020 election responded to the urgent need to adapt to the pandemic. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43 percent of all voters cast their ballots by mail, and 26 percent voted before Election Day.
The survey, conducted from November 30 to December 6, 2023, questioned 1,085 likely U.S. voters. The margin of error for the survey is +/- three percentage points.
These findings highlight the importance of ensuring the integrity of the electoral process. As the nation continues to navigate the challenges presented by the pandemic, it is crucial to address any vulnerabilities and reinforce measures that safeguard the democratic process.