LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- California voters are calling attention to a glaring flaw in the design of absentee ballot envelopes being used in the recall election of California Governor Gavin Newsome. As seen in a viral social media video, holes in the envelopes used in Los Angeles County – which have been sent to every registered voter – can expose whether someone voted for or against recalling the embattled governor.
"When I saw this ballot envelope, I was shocked to see that it could reveal someone's actual vote," said Amy Cox. "Our votes are supposed to be private. If someone can tell how people voted, then anyone who comes into contact with ballots could easily tamper with or discard votes they don't like."
Since Cox shared the video on Instagram, the American Voter’s Alliance has identified at least three counties whose absentee ballot envelopes contain the same “window” showing voters’ recall preferences, based on photographic evidence provided by concerned citizens.
"The American Voter's Alliance is looking into the nonprofits that gave this faulty advice, which could lead to voter intimidation," said Jacqueline Timmer, founder and director of the American Voter's Alliance. "We're also in touch with voters in other counties to see if the same flaw is present elsewhere in the state, and will be demanding explanations from election officials."
The Los Angeles County Clerk claims this is "an established, recommended practice" that has been in use for years, adding in subsequent public comments that the holes are recommended by civic design consultants. Yet, election integrity experts are questioning what appears to be a serious flaw in the design of ballot envelopes, especially in a state that does not require privacy sleeves.
"A voter should never be forced to reveal their vote by negligent design," said Phill Kline, director of The Amistad Project, the nation's leading election integrity watchdog. "Unfortunately, it appears these flaws are pushed by the same group of shadowy nonprofits who dictated election policies that turned government offices into partisan get-out-the-vote centers."
The Amistad Project and the American Voter's Alliance are actively investigating the apparent ballot envelope design flaw. Representatives of both organizations are available for media interviews.
SOURCE Amistad Project