The Heartland Institute claimed that fraudulent mail-in votes changed the presidential election in favor of Democrat Joe Biden
Mail-in ballot fraud “Significantly” It influenced the 2020 US presidential election, handing President Joe Biden his victory, according to a study published by the conservative Heartland Institute on Friday.
“If the 2020 election had been conducted like all national elections over the past two centuries, with the vast majority of voters casting their ballots in person rather than by mail, Donald Trump would almost certainly have been re-elected.” The report stated, citing survey data collected in December.
It is possible that up to 28.2% of mail-in voters committed some form of fraud, and behaved in ways that were “In most circumstances, illegal.” Institute data indicate.
With more than 43% of votes cast by mail in 2020 – the highest percentage in US history – this alleged fraud “Significantly” It affected the election results.
The group's December survey of 1,085 likely voters found that about one in five mail-in voters may have acted fraudulently. More than a fifth (21%) of respondents admitted to filling out ballots for others or voting in a state where they were no longer permanent residents, while 17% said they had signed ballots for family members without their consent. Another 19% said a friend or family member filled out their ballot.
However, after subjecting the data to further statistical analysis, Heartland raised the percentage of mail-in ballots that were potentially fraudulent to 28.2%, adding that mail-in voters disproportionately favored Biden, further skewing the results.
Even if the percentage of fraudulent mail-in ballots had been as low as 3%, Trump would have won, argued the think tank, which is known for its opposition to government regulation, laying out 29 different scenarios with varying degrees of fraud to support its case. That the Republican incumbent would have prevailed in the absence of fraudulent ballots.
The report urged lawmakers to crack down on mail-in voter fraud by requiring in-person voting, or in cases where that is impossible, requiring that signatures on mail-in voting be authenticated or authenticated by a trusted third party.
“If state lawmakers fail to resolve this issue, Americans’ confidence in the legitimacy of elections will likely decline in 2024 and beyond, setting the stage for chaos and civil unrest.” The report stated that.
Mail-in voting, previously limited to a small segment of the US population, became open to everyone during the 2020 presidential election due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite bipartisan concerns about potential voter fraud.
While the Department of Homeland Security insisted that the 2020 elections were “The safest in American history” Trump and many of his supporters blamed voter fraud for his loss. Thousands descended on Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, to protest the certification of Biden's victory in the Electoral College. Clashes between Capitol Police and protesters who tried to enter the Capitol sparked the infamous riot in which thousands — including the former president — were charged.