REPORT: Nearly 15 Million Mail Ballots Went Unaccounted for in 2020 Election

Published On: August 18th, 2021

43 Million over Past Decade

(Alexandria, VA)– August 18, 2021: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a research brief detailing mail balloting return figures for the 2020 General Election.  According to federal data compilations:

2020 Election:

-1.1 million undeliverable

-560,814 rejected

-14.7 million “unknown” 

To put these numbers in perspective, President Joe Biden carried Arizona by 10,457 votes, yet Maricopa County reportedly sent ballots to 110,092 outdated or wrong addresses. The same scenario roughly happened in Nevada, where Biden carried with 33,596 votes, yet Clark County bounced 93,279 ballots. The lesson is clear: increased reliance on mass mail voting must correlate with aggressive voter registration list maintenance.

“These figures detail how the 2020 push to mail voting needs to be a one-year experiment,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. Bills like H.R. 1/S.1 risk inflating these numbers even further, pushing our election system toward error, disenfranchisement, and ultimately widespread doubt about election outcomes. Some of the counties with the least experience in administering mail voting rejected the most ballots nationwide. If continued, 2020- style chaos will become the norm.”

 Access the full research brief, here.


Public Interest Legal Foundation