Notice they also never find this kind of stuff when the race is a landslide.
But let it be a tight race, and eventually a box of uncounted ballots always turns up in someone’s car.
There are easy checks and balances to prevent this.
(1) Each ballot should be printed with a unique number and barcode (with modern printing methods, this adds zero to the cost of the ballot).
(2) As the ballot is being handed to a voter, the poll-worker scans the barcode on the ballot into a database. This makes the ballot a “live” ballot, associates a voting timestamp with it, and also records the name/worker-id of the poll-worker that handed out the ballot.
(3) When the voter is done voting, the ballot number is scanned again. This markes the “live” ballot as “completed”, associates another timestamp with the ballot, and records the name/worker-id of the poll-worker that verified the voter placed the ballot into the ballot box.
The voter associated with the ballot would be secret, but there isn’t any rule that says the poll-workers that handed out the ballot, or the polling place the ballot was cast at, needs to be secret.
Simple steps like this would prevent traitors from stealing a bunch of ballots, filling them out in mass, and then “finding them” in the trunk of a car.
“Simple steps like this would prevent traitors from stealing a bunch of ballots”
I like your plan but it has as much chance of adoption as requiring ID to vote.
“Election reform” measures usually push in the direction of enabling more fraud. Go figure...
Those are EXCELLENT suggestions. Kudos.
Which is why Dems will never let these type of measures take effect.