The data researcher noticed the discrepancies while analyzing publicly available data listed by Pennsylvania's Secretary of State describing the current status of mail ballot requests for the election, including mailed-out and return dates.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he told The Epoch Times that he talked about his findings with several U.S. Postal Service field engineers, who all told him that some of the return dates in the database were “impossible.”
More than 51,000 ballots in the state were marked as returned a mere day after being sent out, which is a pretty impressive speed given the Postal Service's usual delivery times and would also indicate extremely quick action on the part of a significant number of voters. In fact, the USPS said in a press release on October 29 that the average delivery time for First-Class mail, including ballots, stood at 2.5 days.
Meanwhile, nearly 35,000 of the ballots were returned on the same day they were mailed out and a further 23,000 have a return date that is actually earlier than the sent date. Finally, there is no sent date on more than 9000 of the ballots.
In Pennsylvania, when voters request a ballot, it is sent to them by mail. They then fill it out and send it back, either through the mail again or by submitting it in person. This process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks depending on how quickly the voter fills it out and the speed of the delivery.
The state also allowed voters to “request, receive, mark and cast your mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to your county election office or other designated location.” While this might explain the ballots that did not have a sent date as they could have been received and cast in person, The Epoch Times says that it does not explain the ballots that have the same sent and return date, as the database’s description defines the sent date as being “the date the county confirmed the application to queue a ballot label to mail the ballot materials to the voter.” When voters receive their ballot in person, there is no need for mailing labels.
On top of those questionable ballots, there were more than 43,000 that were returned just two days after being sent out, which is still far faster than one would expect although not entirely impossible if a voter quickly delivered their ballot to a ballot drop box in person.
All told, the flagged ballots made up around four percent of all ballots issued by the state.
The data analysis also showed that ballots were returned by at least 31 people who are older than the state's oldest known person, who is 113. The state's data shows that they were all born between 1900 and 1907.
In addition, around 20 voters shared the birthdate of January 1st, 1900, which would make them 120 years old.
It is interesting to note that a poll watcher in Michigan alleged that he saw operators adding people to poll books while counting mail-in ballots, raising concerns that they were not properly registered voters and were therefore ineligible to vote. The names were added using fabricated birth dates such as January 1st, 1900, according to the poll watcher's sworn affidavit.
A further analysis of the Pennsylvania data indicated that most of the unusually old voters were registered Democrats.
The scrutiny comes as President Donald Trump challenges the results of the presidential election in the state as well as other states where Joe Biden has a tight lead. The Trump campaign suspects that invalid ballots have been counted for the Democrats while valid ballots voting for Republicans were discarded, and it's looking more and more like that's exactly what happened.
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