No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, AP finds

A person drops off a mail-in ballot at an election ballot return box
A person drops off a mail-in ballot at an election ballot return box in Willow Grove, Pa., Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

ATLANTA (AP) — An Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. found that the expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election didn’t lead to any widespread problems.

The survey revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results. That’s contrary to claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies, who have intensely criticized their use and falsely claimed they opened the door to fraud.

Earlier this month, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruled absentee ballot drop boxes are illegal in the state. Wisconsin’s voters must return their absentee ballots by mail or must personally hand-deliver them to their local clerk’s office.

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Drop boxes are considered by election officials to be safe and secure. But conspiracy theories and efforts by some Republicans to eliminate or restrict them persist.

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