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Voter ID Laws Are Completely Unnecessary

AnBr's Photo AnBr 20 May 2019 - 07:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 May 2019 - 04:18 PM, said:

He's a judicial lightweight, a sexual predator, and a crook. That's a trifecta of lacking.

He is now not the only one in any of these.

Traveler's Photo Traveler 21 May 2019 - 07:51 AM

View PostJackD, on 20 May 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

"He is not a judicial lightweight." Have you ever read his opinions?
Of course not. I couldn't tell even if I did. I am going by what my nephew said, who clerked for him for a couple of years. Apparently he was very respected by all of the clerks, and believe it or not, he was actually quite a raconteur. I respect my nephew greatly, but that does not necessarily mean he is a heavyweight.

Indeed, his record is pretty dismal according to Toobin. He is prone to writing dissenting opinions for the sake of getting them out there as "precedents".


Authorship is not the only measure of influence, and in dissenting and concurring opinions Thomas has introduced certain conservative ideas into the bloodstream of Supreme Court opinions that have later commanded majorities. In a concurrence in Printz v. United States, in 1997, Thomas suggested that the Second Amendment confers on individuals a right to bear arms, which the Court had never before held. Eleven years later, in Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in Heller v. District of Columbia, that view became the law of the land. Similarly, in a separate opinion in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, in 1995, Thomas laid some of the intellectual groundwork for the Citizens United decision and the Court’s deregulation of political campaigns. These cases, however, are exceptions. For the most part, Thomas has been on a Court of his own.

LFC's Photo LFC 21 May 2019 - 10:38 AM

Once again it's Republicans involved in the electoral process who are the danger to election integrity, not actual voters.


Pages and pages of a WhatsApp chat reveal that campaign workers for Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a former state senator and unsuccessful 2018 Republican candidate for Miami-Dade County Commission in District 5, at least joked about stealing or destroying absentee ballots.

According to the Miami New Times, the messages concerning tearing up or hiding ballots were about those intended for Zoraida Barreiro, a Democratic candidate. Neither she nor Diaz de la Portilla ultimately won the election.

“Stolen, hahahaa,” says one of the messages accompanying a picture of an absentee ballot. “I did not give it to the lady but what do we do if she voted for Zoraida????”

Diaz de la Portilla vehemently denied the accusations. “None of this is from my campaign or my campaign workers,” he told the New Times. “Your article is libelous.”

The Republican is already under investigation by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle after a city commissioner used public money to buy food and other favors for one of Diaz de la Portilla’s campaign events.

LFC's Photo LFC 22 May 2019 - 08:48 AM

Trump rewarded a voter suppression operative who has a history of fantastical lying so bad that he caused a lawsuit with the opportunity to continue attempting voter suppression.


Before he was named by President Trump to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Donald Palmer, a former GOP-appointed secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections, assisted in the creation of sensational voter fraud reports that prompted a defamation lawsuit, documents released in the litigation Friday revealed.

Palmer helped devise an approach to collecting certain voter registration data, which was then used to claim that there were thousands of noncitizens on Virginia’s voter rolls and that many of them had voted, according to the documents. He also helped edit a draft of the report, and he additionally flagged for his collaborators that a Virginia state election official who was resisting turning over the data had previously worked for a civil rights organization.

“Of course, this is the pool of talent of the current governor,” Palmer allegedly wrote, referring to then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

The revelations came in the deposition of J. Christian Adams, whose group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, released the reports. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs — who include citizens who were falsely identified in the reports’ materials as noncitizens who had illegally registered to vote — have accused Adams’ of withholding discovery and are now seeking to re-open his deposition.

In his original deposition, Adams claimed that he and Palmer worked “collaboratively” ahead of the release of the first iteration of the October 2016 report, known as “Alien Invasion.” A follow-up report, “Alien Invasion II,” was released in May 2017.

LFC's Photo LFC 24 May 2019 - 02:57 PM

Texass continues its voter suppression efforts.


House Bill 1888 would ban mobile polling stations, which help college students, the elderly and low-income residents cast ballots, from being mobile. The bill would require these temporary branch polling places to remain in just one location for the duration of the early voting period. Mobile polling stations are currently used as a way to address demand and wait times for groups that may have difficulty getting to a polling location, like rural voters, college students and residents at long-term care facilities.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who sponsored the bill, said that the mobile polling places were being abused by “targeting desirable voting populations at the exclusion of others.” She rejected concerns from Democrats about disadvantaged groups being hurt by the move, saying that those who need to make arrangements to vote “have time to do that.”


Republicans also doubled down on the state’s failed attempted voter purge. Earlier this year, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that the state had identified nearly 100,000 people he claimed were illegally registered to vote. Whitley later admitted that many of the people on the list were actually naturalized citizens and a federal judge banned the state from removing anyone from the rolls without court permission, slamming Whitley for abusing “the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us.”

Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes introduced an amendment this week that would require the secretary of state to verify voter eligibility by confirming their citizenship status on a monthly basis.

golden_valley's Photo golden_valley 24 May 2019 - 06:55 PM

Can't Texas just be honest and simply list the people who are allowed to vote by name one week prior to each election?

LFC's Photo LFC 28 May 2019 - 02:32 PM

The Texas secretary of state is resigning over his clearly blatant attempts at voter suppression with his bogus list of "suspect" voters.


David Whitley, the Texas secretary of state, resigned Monday just before he would have been booted anyway after failing to secure Senate confirmation to stay on the job.

According to the Austin-American Statesman, despite unanimous Republican support, all Democrats opposed the confirmation due to Whitley’s leadership of an investigation into the citizenship status of voters which resulted in multiple lawsuits and a court settlement freezing the probe.

Whitley had identified 100,000 people on the rolls that he thought were ineligible to vote, over half of whom had cast a ballot since 1996, and referred them to the Texas attorney general for possible prosecution.

It was soon revealed that many of the voters were naturalized citizens fully within their rights to cast a ballot. Whitley’s office later admitted that they knew some naturalized voters may have been on the list.

LFC's Photo LFC 03 June 2019 - 03:06 PM

Georgia is lookin' at a new way to suppress the darkie vote. Once a racist shithole, always a racist shithole.


The state of Georgia has become a key battleground for black voting rights.

In 2018, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, the nation’s first-ever major-party African-American woman nominee for governor, narrowly lost to Secretary of State Brian Kemp after thousands of black voters saw their absentee ballots thrown out, polling places consolidated, and voting machines warehoused in their precincts. These incidents led to a sharp outcry and questions of legitimacy, because Kemp was administering the same election he was running in. Nonetheless, the election was extremely close — a margin of just 50,000 votes decided the outcome in a state of over 10 million people.
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Now, ahead of the 2020 election, The Daily Beast has published an analysis on another racially discriminatory law that could play a substantial role in the outcome: “moral turpitude” laws.

In some Southern states, Georgia included, felonies of “moral turpitude” can disqualify you from voting. The problem is that “moral turpitude” is not defined anywhere in Georgia’s constitution or laws, meaning that just about anyone with a felony conviction can be excluded if state officials want — and this applies disproportionately to people of color.

Ex-convicts regain their rights after completing their sentences, but remain ineligible while on probation or parole, which leaves some 250,000 people, or 3 percent of the entire voting-age population, disenfranchised — five times the margin with which Kemp carried the gubernatorial election in 2018. 58 percent of these disenfranchised ex-convicts are African-American.

Georgia is not the only state where moral turpitude laws have been used to deny black voters the franchise. In Alabama, moral turpitude used to be so ill-defined that black people were denied the vote for things as minor as cashing bad checks — and such voters were disenfranchised for life, even after completing their sentences. A Supreme Court decision in 1985, triggered ironically enough when the state tried to disenfranchise a white man, forced Alabama to restrict moral turpitude to felonies only.
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In 2017, the state further revised its constitution to name only a specific list of felonies that constitute moral turpitude — and even then, the state carefully chose crimes that black people are disproportionately convicted for, like burglary and robbery, while leaving out crimes like public corruption and embezzlement that are more closely associated with affluent white offenders.

LFC's Photo LFC 04 June 2019 - 03:01 PM

Mississippi's Jim Crow era election rules effectively prevent a black candidate from winning statewide office every time. Eric Holder is targeting these discriminatory laws.


Jim Crow is still a thing — if not in law than in spirit in many places.

Mississippi has the largest population of African American voters in the nation, yet no African American has won statewide office in more than 130 years. A newly filed federal lawsuit alleges that is because of election rules from the state’s 1890 constitution that were conceived during the racist backlash to the Civil War and Reconstruction, in a period when black people represented the majority of the state’s population.

White politicians in the South sought to suppress the black voting power that emerged during Reconstruction with racially discriminatory laws, albeit less overtly racist than those that existed before the Civil War. Many of the Jim Crow laws written into the new constitution Mississippi passed after Reconstruction have long since been struck down by courts, but one law still on the books effectively makes it harder for African Americans and Democrats to win elections statewide.

Mississippi might be the most racially polarized state in the nation. The state is about 58% white and 37% African-American. So even while Mississippi’s black population votes overwhelmingly Democrat, in a state where Democrats struggle to get even 15% of the white vote, it’s all but impossible for a Democrat to win statewide. That’s because Mississippi is the only state in the nation where candidates for statewide office must win a majority of the state popular vote and a majority of the House districts in the state. Mississippi’s African-American voters are heavily concentrated in 42 counties, while a majority of the state’s 122 counties are majority white and majority Republican, this Jim Crow-era method of electing officials to statewide office “dilutes African American voting strength,” according to the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit.

The federal suit was filed last week by four longtime Mississippi voters in affiliation with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee. It seeks an injunction in this year’s elections against using what it describes as a “racist electoral scheme.”

“The challenged provisions dilute votes cast by African-Americans and minimize the influence of African-American votes in elections for statewide offices, all of which denies African-Americans an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect their preferred candidates,” the complaint states. According to the group of black voters, Mississippi’s system both violates the federal Voting Rights Act and perhaps even the Supreme Court’s “one person, one vote” jurisprudence, since an equal number of votes won’t be cast in each state House district. (The Supreme Court in 1963 struck down Georgia’s system of determining statewide primary contests by a county system that gave rural voters excess weight.

Mississippi’s state Constitution also gives the state legislature the power to pick a winner in the event that no candidate reaches both the popular vote and electoral vote threshold. That too is a focus of the lawsuit.

“This discriminatory electoral scheme achieved, and continues to achieve, the framers’ goals by tying the statewide-election process to the power structure of the House,” the complaint continues. “So long as white Mississippians controlled the House, they would also control the elections of statewide officials.”

Such was the case in 1999 when the Democratic-controlled House voted along party lines to elect a governor between two white candidates who failed to satisfy both rules after a four-person race split the vote. Coincidentally, that was the last time Democrats controlled the governor’s mansion in the Magnolia State.

But for the first time in more 20 years, Democrats could have a real shot at the governorship — if not for Mississippi’s racist system for electing governors.

Traveler's Photo Traveler 04 June 2019 - 04:20 PM

How did this pass muster with the VRA?

LFC's Photo LFC 04 June 2019 - 05:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 28 May 2019 - 02:32 PM, said:

The Texas secretary of state is resigning over his clearly blatant attempts at voter suppression with his bogus list of "suspect" voters.

Republican Gov. Abbott was behind the push for a list, and wanted it fast.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott last year pushed to gather the data used to create a notoriously error-prone list of alleged non-citizens voters, internal government emails made public Tuesday revealed.

Abbott’s office requested that a Texas agency collect data used for the attempted voter roll purge just days after a tea party group held a press conference calling on him to do so, according to the agency’s emails.

LFC's Photo LFC 07 June 2019 - 10:00 AM

North Carolina keeps plugging to hold on to the title of most reprehensible state when it comes to voter rights suppression. It turns out that the same hard drives containing clear evidence that the Trump administration lied about the citizenship question on the census may contain clear evidence that NC's Republican legislature lied about their gerrymandering plans in a federal case. Can you say, "LOCK THEM UP!"?


North Carolina’s Republican legislature made false assertions in 2017 in a federal racial gerrymandering case, according to a Thursday court filing by the challengers in a separate partisan gerrymandering case in state court.

The claim was based on files found on the hard-drives of the late GOP gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller, the challengers said.

The challengers, the voting rights group Common Cause, are asking for the state court to order the North Carolina legislators to stop their efforts to block Common Cause from using Hofeller’s files in their case. In Covington v. North Carolina, the state was sued in 2015 for legislative maps drawn in 2011 that were found to be an illegal racial gerrymander. The legislature is now facing a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit in state court (as well in federal court) from the voting rights group Common Cause for the map Republicans drew to replace the 2011 map.

Thursday’s filing brings to a head a dispute between Common Cause and the legislature over the group’s use of the Hofeller’s files, which were provided in the case by his estranged daughter, who found his hard drives after his death.

The legislators did not object when Common Cause subpoenaed the daughter for the files, nor did the legislators seek to impose restrictions on use of the files in subsequent steps in the discovery process, Common Cause said.

But only since news broke that some of Hofeller’s files had been shared with the challengers in the census citizenship case now awaiting a Supreme Court decision, the legislature has made several demands seeking to block Common Cause’s access to the files. Among the legislature’s requests were that Common Cause’s lawyers destroy their copies of the files and that the entirety of the files be designated “Highly Confidential/Outside Attorney’s Eyes Only,” according to Thursday’s filings.

Common Cause argued that not only did the legislature waive privilege when it did not object to the subpoena, the defendants “cannot possibly maintain any work-product privilege claim” over Hofeller’s work on certain North Carolina maps, given the alleged false statements in court.

The alleged false statements had to do with the legislature’s claims — at a key point in the the racial gerrymandering case’s litigation — that it had not yet begun work on maps to replace the invalidated 2011 maps. After a court in 2016 struck down the 2011 map, it ordered the special election for fall 2017. The Supreme Court halted that order while it considered taking up the case. When the justices did uphold the finding that the map was an illegal racial gerrymander in June 2017, they told the lower court to reconsider its order scheduling special elections and weigh how disruptive those elections would be.

According to Common Cause’s court filing Thursday, Hofeller’s files revealed that he had almost finished work on the new maps at that point in the litigation in July 2017, even as the legislature claimed in court that such work had not yet begun. Common Cause also pointed to two additional allegedly false claims the legislature made the court at that point.

LFC's Photo LFC 11 June 2019 - 04:31 PM

Nothin' subtle about this attack on "the wrong kind" of voters.


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Fresno County clerk for removing the church as a polling site in response to the “Black Lives Matter” banners hung on its property.

The church, filing with the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing the Fresno County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, Brandi Orth, for “violating the Church’s First Amendment rights.”

“These banners express a view on a matter of serious public concern and reflect the Church’s belief in the inherent dignity and worth of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and respect for the interdependent web of existence,” the suit reads. “They also communicate the Church’s belief that society does not value Black lives as much as it values white lives and the Church’s desire to change this.”

Mollie Lee, one of the ACLU attorneys working with the church’s suit, told TPM that Orth’s “unprecedented” decision was “profoundly hurtful and offensive.”

“Registrars are at the front lines of democracy, and they have a critical responsibility in ensuring that elections are conducted fairly,” Lee said. “It’s important that they fulfill that responsibility in a way that’s not influenced by implicit or explicit bias.”

The church says in the suit that it’s been displaying the banners since August 2017 and kept the signs at a distance of over 100 feet from the polling place, as California’s anti-electioneering law requires. The church served as a polling site in the November 2016 and June 2018 elections “without incident,” per the complaint.

After a voter complained that the church was boosting a “known domestic terrorist group,” Orth allegedly asked the church to take down the banners on Election day, according to the lawsuit. When it refused to do so, Orth directed election staff to move voters to a different church to vote in the November 2018 midterm elections, and has refused to consider the Unitarian Universalist Church as a potential polling site for the 2020 elections.

The church is requesting an injunction from the court to require Orth to include it as a potential polling place without the condition that the banners be removed.

Minister Reverend Tim Kutzmark, the church’s leader, told TPM during a phone interview that Orth’s decision was “another example of systemic institutionalized racism that pervades the city of Fresno and Fresno County.”

LFC's Photo LFC 17 July 2019 - 03:57 PM

One of Trump's reps on the fraudulent voter fraud commission is forced to apologize to people he slandered. Next stop Faux News as a "color" commentator?


A former Trump voter fraud commissioner will apologize to citizens he wrongly described as noncitizens in reports claiming mass voter fraud in Virginia, according to a tentative settlement agreement reached this week in a lawsuit brought against the commissioner.

J. Christian Adams and his group the Public Interest Legal Foundation were sued last year over the “Aliens Invasion” reports they released in 2016 and 2017. The reports — which included names, phone numbers, addresses and social security numbers of individuals removed from voter rolls allegedly because they were noncitizens — amounted to defamation and voter intimidation, the lawsuit alleged.

Under the terms of the freshly announced agreement, PILF will have to remove from its website the report exhibits containing the individuals’ personal information, according to a press release Wednesday from the groups that brought the suit.

According to the press release, PILF will also have to add a statement in front of the reports that says, “PILF recognizes that individuals in [the removed exhibits] were in fact citizens and that these citizens did not commit felonies. PILF profoundly regrets any characterization of those registrants as felons or instances of registration or voting as felonies.”

Suck it, d-bag. Nice to see truth matter. It happens too infrequently these days.

LFC's Photo LFC 19 August 2019 - 03:13 PM

The FEC Chair tells Trump to put up or shut up on voter fraud ... twice.


The chair of the Federal Election Commission has called on the President, once again, to provide any proof he has for his bogus claim of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 election.

“You have not, so far, provided any proof of these allegations,” FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub wrote to Trump a day after he renewed the conspiracy theory on Thursday.

“To put it in terms a former casino operator should understand: There comes a time when you need to lay your cards on the table or fold,” Weintraub wrote.

At a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, Trump falsely said once again that massive voter fraud had taken place in the state.

After telling reporters “thousands and thousands of people [came] in from locations unknown” to vote in the state in 2016, Trump told rally goers that the state was “taken away from us.”

There’s no proof that any of that happened.


The chair of the Federal Election Commission continues to call out President Donald Trump for repeating his unfounded voter fraud claims.

“To be suggesting to people … that if the candidate they choose doesn’t win that it is because of fraud, that undermines our democracy,” Ellen Weintraub said on CNN Monday. “It undermines people’s faith, and once that faith is broken, it is very hard to build up again.”

Weintraub further argued that it’s harmful for Trump to spread “baseless” information.

“Facts matter, and people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them. It is damaging to our democracy to spread information that … is baseless,” Weintraub said. “There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or, really, in any previous election.

Weintraub’s latest remarks come days after she called on Trump in a letter to provide any proof he has for his bogus claim of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 election.

LFC's Photo LFC 22 August 2019 - 10:23 AM

Republicans continue to subvert democracy.


A Tea Party-linked voter fraud activist known for her vigilante approach to poll-monitoring is heading to the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

Jennifer Wright — a former GOP mayoral candidate who once worked for the voter fraud alarmist group Verify the Vote — was hired as an assistant attorney general who will be focused on election integrity, KPNX, the NBC local news affiliate in Phoenix, reported Monday.

A spokesperson for Attorney General Mark Brnovich told TPM Wright approached the office about working for the unit, which will eventually employ four people total, after it was first announced. The spokesperson, Ryan Anderson, defended Wright’s credentials, including her legal experience work for the voter fraud group and her experience as candidate herself.

LFC's Photo LFC 22 August 2019 - 10:52 AM

Democrats are targeting specific Republican Secretaries of State to combat GOP voter suppression efforts.


The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has set its sights on five secretaries of state offices it wants to flip in 2020 in an effort that explicitly cites GOP attacks on voting rights.

The organization unveiled the campaign on Thursday with a promotional video.

“Republican secretaries of state are helping Trump wage a Jim Crow-style assault on our voting rights targeting, students, seniors and people of color with what a federal court called surgical precision,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, chair of Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, said in the video.

According to the Washington Post, the group is specifically targeting races in Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia, where Republicans currently hold the secretary of state’s office, which typically overseas elections. The group will also work to keep Democrats in the secretary of state’s offices in North Carolina and Vermont, the Post said, and will lend its support to Democratic secretary of state candidates running in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, which hold their elections for the office this year.

(In North Carolina, the state board of elections oversees elections.)

“For all of the talk about taking back the White House and the Senate, all the important races that people tend to focus more on, in my mind it starts with making elections fair again,” Padilla told the Post.

LFC's Photo LFC 28 August 2019 - 01:54 PM

Moscow Mitch continues to protect Russia, the Republicans' greatest asset in winning elections.


The Federal Election Commission will effectively shut down after a Republican appointee resigned, leaving the panel without a legally-required four-member quorum.

Republican appointee Matthew Petersen, who was nominated to be a federal judge by President Trump before withdrawing after being unable to answer basic legal questions, announced his resignation Monday.

The move comes days after Petersen and the lone other Republican on the panel blocked the FEC from investigating a complaint alleging that Russian operatives may have illegally funneled money to the Trump campaign through the NRA.

With Petersen out, the six-member panel is down to just three members, one short of the four members they need to take any official action.

“Without a quorum, certain Commission activities will not take place. For example, the Commission will not be able to hold meetings, initiate audits, vote on enforcement matters, issue advisory opinions, or engage in rulemakings,” Republican commissioner Caroline Hunter said in a statement Monday.

The lack of a quorum leaves the FEC with its hands tied heading into the 2020 election cycle.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California at Irvine, wrote on Twitter that the panel was already “dysfunctional” but “given the threat of foreign intervention in the 2020 elections, the inability of the FEC to act on an emergency basis is BAD NEWS.”

There is no good reason that the FEC, which is supposed to have six members, has just three. Two new FEC commissioners are usually nominated every two years. Since Mitch McConnell, an opponent of campaign finance laws who has blocked multiple election security bills, became Senate majority leader in 2015, not a single commissioner has been confirmed. There has been no indication McConnell plans to address the FEC issue, even though the president nominated a pro-Trump lawyer to the panel two years ago. The Senate has yet to hold a confirmation hearing.

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View PostLFC, on 28 August 2019 - 01:54 PM, said:

Moscow Mitch continues to protect Russia, the Republicans' greatest asset in winning elections.
Moscow Mitch. Putin's Bitch.
"Selling out American Democracy since 1985"

LFC's Photo LFC 30 August 2019 - 10:57 AM

The last Georgia election was full of "irregularities" (a.k.a. Republican election fraud) that, shockingly, overwhelmingly targeted black majority districts. This can now be expected to be SOP for any state under Republican control until we start prosecuting and jailing those who traitorously attempt to overthrow our democracy.


A trove of documents turned over in a congressional probe of missing votes in Georgia’s lieutenant governor race — along with other voting issues — revealed serious irregularities.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is investigating whether voting machine errors caused a large drop-off in votes in the lieutenant governor race between Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico and Republican Geoff Duncan, who won the election by about 123,000 votes. The probe is looking at why so many fewer votes were recorded in the race compared to other statewide races, as well as the voter suppression issues that plagued the 2018 state elections.

There were 159,000 fewer votes cast in the lieutenant governor race than in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. While it is common for down-ballot races to see fewer votes, the lieutenant governor race had twice as much drop-off as other statewide races, even though it was the second race on the ballot, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

There were 80,000 fewer votes cast for lieutenant governor than in other down-ballot races, which represents a 4 percent drop-off from the gubernatorial race, compared to a 2 percent drop-off among even less charismatic down-ballot races. For various reasons, this appears illogical. Historically, the lieutenant governor race has had a much lower drop-off rate than other statewide races in previous elections.

More than 15,500 pages of documents turned over the to Oversight Committee and obtained by the Journal-Constitution shows that the election was plagued by widespread irregularities.

In one case, a voting machine in Kemp’s home precinct recorded that Republicans won every race, while the other six machines in that same precinct showed that Democrats won every race. The machine showed Republicans winning by roughly the same margin by which Democrats won on the other machines. A statistician’s analysis cited in court documents said “odds of an anomaly that large are less than 1 in 1 million,” the Journal-Constitution reported.

But the problems were far more widespread. The documents show a decline in votes on electronic voting machines in 101 of the state’s 159 counties, even though paper absentee ballots in the same districts did not show a significant decline.

An analysis by the Democratic data-tracking firm TargetSmart found that the drop-off “grew even more extreme in precincts with large African American populations,” according to the report.

“I’ve never seen a drop-off pattern like this, ever,” TargetSmart data analyst Chris Brill told the Journal-Constitution.