Lawmakers Uncover ‘Undeliverable’ Vote by Mail Applications

MassFiscal Praises Lawmaker's Efforts to Pursue Truth During Opaque Process

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (MassFiscal) made the following statement today in reaction to State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) and State Representative Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) locating hidden “undeliverable” vote by mail applications from the 2020 September Primary and November General Election. Earlier this week, the lawmakers visited the Massachusetts Archives and the Director of Security confirmed that undeliverable applications were being stored in room 149. Though the United States Postal Service (USPS) returned these applications to the Secretary of State William Galvin's office, he has repeatedly said it would be "impossible" to access a list of returned applications.

The USPS identifies mail as “undeliverable” for a wide variety of reasons. Secretary Galvin has refused to answer questions or provide details, despite repeated calls for further transparency. Senator Fattman, Rep. Lombardo, Rep. Nick Boldyga, and Rep. Shawn Dooley, all members of the Joint Committee on Election Laws from this legislative session and last, released a letter to Secretary Galvin. MassFiscal’s comments are in response to that letter and actions on Monday.

“The voters of Massachusetts deserve some answers and these lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Election Rules are pursuing this information despite little to no cooperation from the state’s highest-ranking elections official. It doesn’t have to be that way,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

“The less transparent of a process this becomes, the less confidence voters will have in the practice of mail-in voting going forward. The legislature should hold a hearing on vote by mail and Secretary Galvin should be prepared to answer questions that are still outstanding. That would go a long way in satisfying ongoing concerns,” concluded Craney.

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