AFPI voter record examination reveals few counties have 2020 election files

2D94A7G Renton, Washington, USA. 2nd November, 2020. Ballots are bundled for storage after processing at King County Elections Headquarters. Credit: Paul Christian Gordon/Alamy Live News

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A thorough review conducted by the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) has found that just two states and six counties out of 100 do not have voter files related to the presidential election in 2020.

According to a report from AFPI, in the six counties with records from 2020, there was a “2.89% discrepancy between the number of people voting and the number of ballots.” The counties examined were Miami-Dade (Florida), Orange County (Florida), Cobb County (Georgia), Woodbury County (Iowa), Buncombe County (North Carolina), and Johnston County (North Carolina).

AFPI Chief of Staff Steve Smith discusses the findings.

AFPI revealed that they made public record requests to county officials starting in March 2022 to look at “time-stamped voter record data from the top 100 most populated countries of the 14 swing states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.”

However, only six of the 100 counties answered AFPI’s request.

Furthermore, their report revealed discrepancies between the number of ballots received and the number of voters in the precincts. The report stated, “There are some precincts where the total number of ballots cast is greater than the total number of people who actually voted, and other precincts where the total number of voters recorded as voting is greater than the number of votes.”

For example, AFPI found that when vote discrepancies were reviewed from the 2012, 2016, and 2020 general elections at the precinct level, they found the following in Ohio by looking at data from different counties:

  • 2020: 16,687 more votes than voters,
  • 2016: 20,730 more votes than voters,
  • 2012: 18,125 more votes than voters.

In another example, AFPI found that in Miami-Dade County, for the available precincts, the reported discrepancy of 1.6 percent between registered voters and ballots translated to 16,617 votes total.

The irregularities found in the AFPI’s report further lend credence to Americans’ doubts about the efficiency of the U.S. voting system. According to their report, the Civil Rights Act of 1960 “requires the retention and preservation of ‘all records and papers which come into his possession relating to any application, registration, payment of poll tax, or other act requisite to voting in such election.’”

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