More Mail Ballots Were Rejected than Difference Between Winner/Loser in Senate Race
(Alexandria, VA) – March 30, 2023: Today, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released a report detailing the failures of Nevada’s automatic vote by mail election in 2022.
According to data from the Nevada Secretary of State:
- 95,556 ballots were sent to undeliverable or “bad” address
- 8,036 were rejected by election officials.
- 1.2 million ballots never came back to officials for counting.
To put these figures into perspective, the U.S. Senate race in Nevada was decided by less than 8,000 votes.
Additionally, mailing ballots to every active registered voter wasted taxpayer dollars. The state spent a bare minimum of more than $2 million tax dollars for ballots sent to bad addresses and on ballots that were never returned.
“Mass-mail elections disenfranchise,” said PILF President, J. Christian Adams. “Nevada can do a better job in reducing rejected ballots. Auto mass-mail will continue to waste money and disenfranchise voters until it is fixed.”
In 2020, PILF went to investigate some of the addresses on Nevada’s voter roll. The Foundation found that addresses on the voter roll included vacant lots, an abandoned mine, liquor stores, casinos and a smoke shop. Watch the full video here.