California Rejected 226K Mail Ballots in 2022 Elections

Published On: January 18th, 2023

Election Officials do not know what happened to 10 Million Mail Ballots.

(Alexandria, VA) – January 18, 2023: Today, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released a report detailing the failures of California’s first mass-mail balloting election following the passage of law AB 27 that requires all active registered voters automatically be mailed ballots.

During the 2022 primary and general elections, 226,250 mail ballots were rejected by election officials. The number one reason for rejection was ballots arriving late. These rejections represent potential disenfranchisement of voters because of the switch to mail balloting.

Another 10 million mail ballots remain unaccounted for, meaning election officials do not know what happened to them. It is fair to assume that the bulk of these were ignored or ultimately thrown out by the intended recipients. But, under mass mail elections, we can only assume what happened.

“Mail ballots disenfranchise,” said PILF President, J. Christian Adams. “There are many reasons mail ballots fail ultimately to count. No one casting a ballot at home can correct an error before it’s too late. California’s vote by mail demonstration should serve as a warning to state legislators elsewhere.”

Read the full report here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.


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