Poll: Nearly 50% of Americans believe mail-in voting is vulnerable to significant levels of fraud

By Chris White

Nearly 50% of American voters believe mail-in voting is likely to result in significant fraud as officials search for ways to secure the electoral system amid a]the coronavirus pandemic, a Washington Post/ABC poll published Sunday found.

Only 43% of people surveyed in the poll think there are adequate protections against potential instances of fraud. The WaPo/ABC poll also showed that 38% of Americans say they prefer to vote through mail, while another 59% want to vote in person.

By contrast, 24% of Americans voted by mail in 2016, ABC reported, citing data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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Only 13,557 of the 16,747 vote-by-mail ballots in Paterson, New Jersey, were counted, a local NBC affiliate in New York reported in May. More than 800 ballots in the city were invalidated for appearing in mailboxes tethered together. One mailbox reportedly had hundreds of ballots tied together.

The poll, conducted between July 12-15, randomly sampled 1,006 adults and carries a partisan divide of 30-24-39% for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, respectively. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Voters’ concerns appear to mirror those expressed by President Donald Trump in recent months. Twitter flagged one of the president’s tweets for suggesting in May that California’s mail-in ballots will be “substantially fraudulent.”

The WaPo/ABC poll also show Vice President Joe Biden making major gains as the pandemic surges. Polls from three months ago showed Trump and Biden in a virtual tie on ways to approach the pandemic, ABC reported Sunday.

A recent increase in coronavirus cases in the South resulted in a change in fortunes, with Biden now leading the president on the issue, 54-34%, according to the poll.

There have been reported problems related to mail-in ballots in New York and New Jersey.

New York officials have not yet counted mail-in absentee ballots tallied during three New York primary election, The New York Times reported Friday. The count has been slow and hard to track, with no account of the vote totals, according to the TheNYT.

Such reports come amid news of mail-in ballot fraud stymying election results in New Jersey.

Only 13,557 of the 16,747 vote-by-mail ballots in Paterson, New Jersey, were counted, a local NBC affiliate in New York reported in May. More than 800 ballots in the city were invalidated for appearing in mailboxes tethered together. One mailbox reportedly had hundreds of ballots tied together.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal consequently filed voter fraud charges in June against two Paterson city officials who allegedly engaged in a mail-in ballot scheme during a special election in May.

“Today’s charges send a clear message: if you try to tamper with an election in New Jersey, we will find you and we will hold you accountable,” Grewal, a Democrat, said in a statement to InsiderNJ. “We will not allow a small number of criminals to undermine the public’s confidence in our democratic process.”

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7 thoughts on “Poll: Nearly 50% of Americans believe mail-in voting is vulnerable to significant levels of fraud

  1. The Dems could care less, in fact they are gleeful at the prospect of harvesting these empty ballots and filling them in with their candidates. Illegal you say? Too bad, they’re going for it as the end justifies the means.

  2. It’s not just the potential for voter fraud raising concern. Our local news outlets (other than TNR) are limiting important information. VT Digger, for example, no longer allows comments (too many conservative points of view for their biased narrative), as has Seven Days. At the same time, VT Digger has published a ‘voter guide’ (again with no commentary allowed). While progressive candidates for governor, like Zuckerman and Holcombe, include nice photos and extensive platform descriptions, John Klar “… has not provided a bio to VTDigger.”

    • Jay,
      For about 15 years VTDigger allowed comments.

      Then comments were restricted to 1000 characters, i.e., just blurbs.

      VTDigger has become a propaganda outlet for the Dem/Progs policies, no different than VPIRG.

      I just cannot believe Ann Galloway went astray
      Who would expose EB-5, etc?

      I am glad TNR allows extensive comments, which means more people will flock to the TNR site.

      I post my articles on CitizenTaskForce, which is blog based in Maine.
      The only people posting articles and making comments are bloggers.
      That way all viewpoints are presented, instead of just Dem/Prog

      • Digger is the propoganda arm of groups like the Johnson Family Foundation, the Lintilhac Foundation, and their Vermont 501 C3 coverall, the Vermont Community Foundation. VT Digger and VPR are their controlled media outlets.

        It is, nonetheless, inexplicable that their hatred of all things Trump is leading them to support positions that will not only destroy the Trump administration, but apply a scorched earth policy to our free markets and constitutional republic.

        Again, I blame the progressive take-over of our public school monopoly. Eliminate the monopoly – save the earth.

        God forgive them for they know not what they do.

  3. “43% of people surveyed in the poll think there are adequate protections against potential instances of fraud” That pretty much represents people that have one goal, which is to defeat President Trump. Everything else comes second to that, including secure elections.

  4. What, only 50 % feel vulnerable & fraud ……

    Come on, this mail in system has more holes in then a sieve and that
    the reason for the push…… win by hook or by crook !!!

    Wake up people

    • I’ve gotten two mail-in voting things for other people in my PO box that I’ve had for 4 years now in the last week or so. I just ditch them. Condos and his cohorts can eat merde, pardon my French.

      As if voting at this point makes a bit of difference. Like the late great George Carlin said: “Voting is there to make you think you have a choice. You don’t.”

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