that guy in AZ Wrote:
Doonesbury reminded us this morning that Brian Kemp is the king of voter suppression.
In his capacity as Secretary of State, Kemp removed 334,000 eligible voters before his "election". Apart from the obvious conflict of interest where Kemp was overseeing an election in which he himself was the candidate, it's galling that his margin of victory over Stacey Abrams was less than 55,000 votes.
Kemp is far from the only Republican to abuse his status as the Secretary of State to affect an election.
In 2012, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett was also the co-chairman of electing Mitt Romney. Since he was in violation of an Arizona statute that prohibits that practice, I wrote him a letter and asked him to resign. In addition, he also tried to keep Obama off the ballot because he wasn't convinced that Obama was a citizen.
(incidentally, the article above is THE most popular of the 500 blog articles that I have published in the last 11 years, with 35,000 "hits". )
In 2004, The Republican Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell, served as both the chief elections officer (as do most Secretaries of State) and the co-chair to re-elect George W. Bush.
If John Kerry had won Ohio, he would have won the Presidency.
And then there was Florida in 2000.
George W. initially came to office in the year 2000, in spite of the fact that he had lost the popular vote to Al Gore by almost 500,000 votes. We’re all familiar with the “hanging shards”, which led to a recount vote in several Florida precincts, but you’re probably not familiar with a study done three years later by the National Research Opinion Poll three years at the University of Chicago that concluded that Al Gore had actually won the state of Florida, which would have given him the Presidency.
The study by the National Research Opinion Poll analyzed a total of 175,000 ballots from the entire state of Florida, and not just the counties that went through a recount in 2000. The fact that Bush won the Presidency in a state where his brother Jeb was governor seems to imply that there HAD to be some skullduggery involved,
You can use whatever source that you want to analyze this election, but I’ve found the Wikipedia is generally an informative and (more importantly) neutral source when researching just about anything. The comments made under the heading “Florida recount” highlight how the election reporting by the news media, as well as meddling by the REPUBLICAN Secretary of State Katherine Harris, distorted the voting in Florida, and ultimately gave Bush the electoral votes he needed to win the election.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
After Stacy Abrams was defeated by Brian Kemp, she started an ambitious program to get more people registered to vote.
There are now 7.6 million voters registered, an increase of 1,000,000 from 2016. Of that million new voters, 200,000 were registered in the last three month alone. That’s …. staggeringly mind-blowing!
According to the latest up-to-date numbers from the U.S. Elections Project,
2,258,750 Georgians have already voted since early voting began on October 10,
or 32% of the 2016 total. Early voting will continue until Friday, October 30,
so we still have another eight days. Not only does this bank Democratic
votes ahead of time, lessening the load on the Democratic GOTV machine, but
it will also guarantee shorter lines on Election Day proper.
The state expects more than 5 million to vote, dramatically higher than 2016’s
This one will be close, no doubt about it. The presidential and both Senate races
(and several competitive House races down ballot) will all be real dogfights.
But Georgia’s demographic trends are moving decisively in our direction.
Georgia may very well follow the most recent example of Colorado—once a
conservative stronghold, then a battleground, and now a solid, safe blue state.
Automatic voter registration when Georgians get their driver’s licenses greatly contributed to the addition of nearly 1 million voters.
Since Georgia instituted automatic voter registration in September 2016, the number of voters under 35 years old has increased by 22%, the largest expansion of any age group. Of all new voters, almost half of them are under 35.