On November 4, Supreme Court and legal affairs reporter John Kruzel shared details on USPS data, revealing that in the system, a number of mail-in ballots possibly went undelivered around the country. One of the areas where this was the worst was South Florida, which has a large minority population. Reports show that 27% of the ballots from the area were “never mailed in,” causing people to wonder about the last night’s republican win for the state.
There may be a good explanation for this though. One day before Kruzel shared his findings, Vice reporter Aaron Gordon had a piece published on the USPS ballot crisis, which included that a Federal judge had ordered “postal inspectors or employees from the Office of Inspector General to sweep dozens of postal facilities to ensure no ballots were left behind.” He also shared that the United States Postal Service’s stats may not be as bad as they appear, because some workers were manually postmarking the ballots and then passing them through for same or next-day delivery, all in an effort to get them sent out faster.
Since the system had been bypassed in favor of a more quick, manual approach, this has led to ballots registering as “undelivered,” even though they had been.
Gordon also posted on Twitter that there is “no good evidence” of hundreds of thousands of missing ballots,” but again that isn’t stopping people from doubting.