Today’s entry: Dear Brian, we are huge Trump supporters! My husband has a doctorate degree in business management from UF. He has been analyzing numbers all day and has discovered a disturbing trend in the counties and states regarding the number of registered voters and the number of those that voted. He is a sharp guy and these discrepancies are unsettling. He is feeling like many others are already examining the same discrepancies.
Bottom Line: I appreciate the concern and diligence of your husband and others. There is a legitimate explanation for many of the discrepancies your husband and others have identified. I’ve investigated multiple related claims, and all have checked out with a potentially legitimate explanation. In yesterday’s Q&A, I addressed the notion of voter fraud. In that story, I referenced a point that is paramount to this conversation. States are responsible for their own elections and as such, each has its own laws governing their elections. To greater illustrate the point I used the example of ballot harvesting. In Florida, ballot harvesting is a felony offense. In California it’s legal. There’s literally that much variance in state election laws across the country. The biggest mistake many are making is taking their understanding of Florida’s election laws, including voter registration deadlines, and applying them to other states.
The two possible legitimate explanations for many of the voter discrepancies are voter rolls that haven’t cleaned up those who’ve died or relocated and same-day voter registration. While having “dirty” voter rolls replete with voters who’ve relocated or died presents the opportunity for impropriety, it’s not uncommon, even in Florida where we’re especially diligent. It doesn’t rise to the level of illegal activity unless ballots are cast in the names of the deceased or relocated voters. Now, the most prevalent explanation for the number discrepancies in many key states is related to same-day voter registration.
While Florida’s law states all voters must be registered 29 days prior to an election, there are 19 states that don’t have a voter registration deadline until their polls closed on Tuesday. The states/districts which have same-day voter registration include California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Notice three prominent states in question, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin are among those. On Wednesday a false report made the rounds, including being falsely reported on numerous outlets, that there were more votes cast than voters in states like Wisconsin. That was using dated voter registration totals. I checked in with Wisconsin's Division of Elections and found there were approximately 500,000 more registered voters than the number being reported widely. Notice by the way that the Trump campaign hasn’t sued in Wisconsin. This isn’t to say it’s not possible for there to have been impropriety somewhere, somehow but almost all the most common threads of concern by supporters of the President are explainable.
There’s a far better chance Trump’s legal team will identify any impropriety before any of us at this point. I love the passion for integrity and the concern for this country. It beats the alternative.
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