Today, research shows that over 100,000 Pennsylvania absentee ballots have “Return Dates” that are, according to the United States Postal Service field engineers consulted for this project, “impossible or unlikely”.
For example, 51,000+ ballots were marked “Returned” exactly one single day after they were mailed to the voter. The claim is that the ballots were received back completed, via US Postal Service, in less than 24 hours.
Even more brazen, almost 35,000 were marked “Returned” the VERY SAME DAY they were mailed to the absentee voters address.
And the fastest returns of all… 23,000+ were dated “Returned” on a date PRIOR to being mailed out to the voter. That is F A S T, folks.
9,000 ballots made it back to be counted without even having a “Sent Date” stamped on them. They just showed up, somehow, having never actually been sent.
Pennsylvania’s voter records are being scrutinized as President Donald Trump challenged the results of the presidential election in this and other states where his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, holds a tight lead. The Trump campaign is alleging invalid ballots have been counted for Democrats and valid ballots were thrown away for Republicans.
The analysis of the publicly available data was conducted by a data researcher, who wishes to remain anonymous. He said he consulted the matter with several USPS field engineers, who said the return dates shown in the database are “impossible.”
The dataset made public by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State was last updated on Nov. 10, 2020, and “describes a current state of mail ballot requests for the 2020 General Election.” The data includes the requested date, sent date, and returned date of the ballots.
In Pennsylvania, voters have to request a ballot, which is then sent to them through USPS. The voter then fills out the ballot and sends it back via mail or brings it back in person. The process usually takes several days or even weeks, depending on the speed of delivery and response by the voter.
Impossible and improbable return dates indicate there’s something wrong with either the database or the ballots.
The office of Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State didn’t respond to requests for comment.
In addition to the ballots described above, there were more than 43,000 ballots returned two days after being sent out, which is still remarkably quick, but still possible if the voter quickly delivered the ballot to an election office or a ballot drop box in person. The flagged ballots comprise close to 4 percent of all those issued by the state.
According to the data analyzed by the researcher, at least 31 people who appear to be older than the oldest known person in the state returned ballots. They were all born between the years 1900 and 1907, based on the state’s data. The oldest known person in the state is 113-year-old Ardith Grose.
About 20 of the voters shared the birth date of Jan. 1, 1900. The date corresponds to an allegation in another state, Michigan, where a poll watcher said he saw poll operators adding people to the poll book just as they were counting their mail-in ballots, raising the concern that these voters weren’t properly registered and thus not eligible to vote. The operators input the names with fabricated birth dates, such as Jan. 1, 1900, according to a sworn affidavit by the poll watcher.
Another analysis of the Pennsylvania data showed that the extremely old voters were mostly registered Democrats.
Update: The article was updated with a source of the Michigan mail ballot data.