ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — The widespread use of drop boxes to drop ballots in the 2020 election caused no widespread problems, according to an Associated Press poll of state election officials across the United States that found no cases of fraud. Vandalism or theft that could affect the results of the presidential election.
The findings in states controlled by both Republicans and Democrats contradict claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies, who have strongly criticized the use of drop boxes and falsely claimed they were targets of fraud.
Drop boxes are considered safe by many election officials and are used to varying degrees by states across the political spectrum. However, conspiracy theories and attempts by Republicans to remove or ban him have persisted since the 2020 election. This month, the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that mailboxes are no longer allowed under state law and can no longer be used widely.
In response to the law and conspiracy theories surrounding Drop Box, the Associated Press sent a poll to each state’s chief election office in May asking for information on whether Drop Boxes were linked to fraudulent votes or stolen ballots, or Whether mailboxes or ballots were damaged.
All five states answered the questions.
None of the election offices in the states that allowed the use of drop boxes in 2020 reported cases where they were linked to voter fraud or stolen ballots. Similarly, no incidents with damaged ballot boxes or ballot papers were reported to the extent of affecting the election results.
Several states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, said they do not allow the use of drop boxes. Some were not allowing them before the 2020 election, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted the widespread use of mail-in voting.
Drop boxes have been a mainstay in states with extensive mail-in voting for years, and they haven’t raised any red flags. They were overused in 2020 due to COVID-19 and in-person voting concerns. The boxes also gave voters a direct way to mail their ballots, rather than having to send them through the postal service and worry about delays in delivery.
Months before the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his allies claimed without evidence that the drop box opened the door to voter fraud.
Izaguire reported from Tallahassee, Florida; Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Damage Venuizen in Milwaukee; and Jonathan J Cooper in Phoenix.