Election Integrity Project California sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Oct. 17 with information revealing that nearly 440,000 ballots may have already been mailed to ineligible voters.
EIPCa’s latest warning about voter fraud comes after a May report that preemptively alerted Padilla to the prospect of 458,000 dead people receiving mail-in ballots, The California Globe reported.
“Earlier this year, the Secretary repeatedly rejected similar findings, despite the risks of universal mail voting with a bloated voter list,” said EIPCa President Linda Paine.
The state moved forward with the scheme anyway.
California has sent mail-in ballots to all people with “active” voter registrations, often failing to account for people who have moved or died.
This has resulted in more than 20,000 voters receiving two-to-four ballots in the mail, according to EIPCa.
Another 416,633 registered California voters have neither voted nor updated their registration status since 4 Nov. 2008.
Of these inactive registrants, 9,349 have not voted in at least 20 years, while 162,788 have never voted.
EIPCa said this information indicates that these 416,633 voters have likely either moved or died.
“We now encourage all candidates and parties to contact the Secretary of State to obtain our report, and to work with local election officials to ensure that only lawful votes are counted in November,” Paine said.
Padilla’s changes at the Secretary of State open the door to fraud and abuse by allowing multiple votes in a single envelope and prevent election officials from verifying ballot signatures.
“Adding to the problems in this election, the state will now allow multiple votes, scrawled on notecards, to be stuffed into one mail ballot envelope,” Paine said.
The EIPCa has confirmed a few cases of election abuse or fraud.
One voter in Los Angeles County was born in 1896 and was confirmed dead in 1993, but California sent her a ballot.
A man in Fresno County who received a ballot was born in 1936, registered in 1952, and last voted in California in 1998.
A woman who lives in Alameda County registered three times this year, using the same name, birthdate, address, phone, and email, and she has received three mail-in ballots.