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On November 4, Supreme Court and Legal Services reporter John Kruzel shared details of USPS data, revealing that the system may have missed a number of postal ballot papers across the country. One of the areas where this was worst was South Florida with a large minority. According to reports, 27% of the area’s ballots were “never sent,” leading people to wonder at last night’s Republican victory for the state.
However, there can be a good explanation for this. One day before Kruzel shared his findings, Vice Reporter Aaron Gordon had published an article on the USPS election crisis in which a federal judge ordered “postal inspectors or inspector general employees to sweep dozens of postal facilities to ensure that no ballot papers are left.” He also shared that the United States Postal Service’s stats may not be as bad as they appear, as some staff have manually stamped the ballots and then forwarded them for same or next day delivery for faster mailing .
By bypassing the system in favor of a faster manual approach, this has resulted in ballot papers being registered as “undelivered” when they did.
Gordon also posted on Twitter that there is “no good evidence” of hundreds of thousands missing ballots, “but that doesn’t stop people from doubting.