Three months after Republicans request details on universal mail-in voting performance, SOS Galvin admits questions “impossible to answer” – Massachusetts GOP

Three months after Republicans request details on universal mail-in voting performance, SOS Galvin admits questions “impossible to answer”

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WOBURN — Almost exactly three months to the day after Republican lawmakers issued a formal request to Secretary of State William Galvin to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the commonwealth’s first-ever usage of universal mail-in voting, they finally received a response.

“Many of these questions are impossible to answer,” a Galvin spokesman told the State House News Service, while also confirming that Galvin never responded to the Dec. 8 request. “It seems that they want to get lists of people who have voted by mail, applications. Again, these are local election official requests. They can make them to them.”

To recap, the questions submitted by Republican state Sen. Ryan Fattman and representatives Nick Boldyga and Marc Lombardo three months ago included asking how many mail-in ballot applications were returned as undeliverable, whether voters’ signatures matched signatures on file, and how much the program cost to run overall.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said Wednesday that Galvin’s response indicates “nobody has any clue” how to gauge the program’s legitimacy and added that the party’s routine requests for voter data from the state following the 2020 election have still been unmet.

“These questions about returned applications, whether signatures match, and how much the program cost, these are simple, basic, questions that are still unanswered,” Lyons said. “Why is the Legislature in such a rush to extend and eventually make permanent a program that they cannot even begin to evaluate?

“Voters deserve to have complete trust in the electoral process. That the secretary of state is unable to answer even the most basic questions demonstrates a complete and total lack of faith that this system should ever be used again.”

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