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The Public Interest Legal Foundation has filed a pair of court briefs asserting that the organization’s investigators have discovered that thousands of people voted at least twice via mail-in ballots in 2016 and 2018 in Georgia and North Carolina, the latter of which, at least, is considered a swing state in this year’s presidential contest.

The briefs were filed as the country prepares for the largest percentage of votes ever to be cast via mail-in ballots, the Washington Times reported.

In North Carolina, auditors found some 20,000 voters who appear to have cast ballots twice in the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, PILF discovered more than 4,000 dead people on voter registration rolls while estimating that around 10,000 registered voters cast two ballots during those election cycles.

“This is a widespread concern in North Carolina,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said after filing a court brief in July. “We should be talking about how to strengthen our systems against misdeeds done out of the sight of election officials in 2020 instead of defending an imperfect system from total ruin. The plaintiffs are only raising the threat of worsening the settled fact that voter fraud is most common in the mail.”

The organization’s court brief noted, “It is paramount that Georgia’s election officials investigate and confirm the registrations PILF flagged and further examine Georgia’s voter rolls for other duplicate entries prior to the entry of any injunctive relief that would exacerbate these defects.”

Critics of universal mail-in balloting point to the two states as examples of what will happen in other states ahead of the Nov. 3 election, especially those that have never done it before.

Democrats have been pushing for all ballots to be cast via mail this year ostensibly to cut down the ‘risk’ of contracting COVID-19 by voting in person, though most polling stations are likely to require voters and workers wear masks.

Left-wing journalists have consistently claimed that opposition to mass mail-in balloting by Republicans and the Trump administration is unwarranted, while also claiming that there is “no evidence” of mail-in ballot fraud, despite numerous examples including the new findings by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

The administration has argued that before this year, only a handful of states had adopted all-remote voting.

But in those states, remote balloting procedures were perfected over a number of years to ensure checks and balances were built into the system to prohibit double voting.

Today, though, some 22 states are using the coronavirus pandemic to quickly implement mail-in balloting as a means of replacing voting in person. Experts are predicting that about 80 million Americans are going to vote by mail this year, or about double the number of people who did so in 2016, when 138 million cast ballots by mail or in person.

The legal foundation has investigated several instances of alleged vote fraud and mail-in balloting irregularities and problems.

The Democrats who run Clark County, Nev., for instance, make the decision to switch to mail-in balloting ahead of the state’s June primary. By any measure, it was a disaster: Almost 225,000 of 1.3 million mailed ballots, or 17.3 percent of them, were returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable. Just 305,000 mail-in ballots were actually accepted (23.5 percent) and then counted, according to figures that were provided to the foundation.

Overall, ballot rejections are up. Election boards have refused some 534,000 ballots this year thus far compared to 318,716 during the entire 2016 election.

“American voters have a variety of warning signs demonstrating why voting in person in 2020 is the safest option to ensure their vote counts,” said foundation spokesman Logan Churchwell in an interview with The Washington Times. “Even if they trust the postal system enough to get their votes handled on time, they still risk historic amounts of rejected ballots.”

Federal law prohibits voters from casting more than one ballot.

According to press reports, the Times notes that most ballots are rejected because the signatures on them do not mach those on file with election boards.

Last year, PILF discovered around 2.5 million “extra voters” nationwide. And Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says his organization has found that 20 percent of counties in Washington state as well as 67 percent of Colorado counties have more registered voters than people.

“No reason to believe things have gotten much better since,” Fitton told the Times.

Jon Dougherty

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