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Trump won the election... So why is it soooo important for him and his supporters to lie about illegal votes? I noticed you offer no link... You just said "a new study"... OK, I got one ... "New Study" by Dr. E. P. Morris shows that all Republicans have smaller brains sizes than Democrats... There ya go... How's that?
Better yet... let me show you what a link looks like. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890
This link is to a Rolling Stone article by investigative reporter Greg Palst (Author of "Best Democracy Money Can Buy"). He wrote this article (and I read it) before the election even happened. The article discusses a system called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which was started by Kris Kobach, Republican representative from Kansas, who was also responsible for a racial profiling system following 9/11 that has since been deemed inappropriate. Kobach has been working on this new system for years now and leading up to the 2016 election it's been promoted by a powerful Republican operative AND by Trump. The "official" concept is to find voters who have registered in more than one state, add those voters to a list and disqualify their votes. So it's an "anti-fraud" system. Except... the voters get no warning or notification... They aren't even told that their vote is discounted so the voter never even knows.
Here's the genius part... The list itself is kept secret.
How's that for a transparent system?
As it turns out, part of the list was leaked, containing the names of 1 million voters... that's just the part that was leaked. You might wonder if this is normal. Do millions of voters really cast ballots in more than one state? Why has this never been discovered before..? Did these voters suddenly realize in 2016 that they can drive a car across state lines? I've been watching the Republicans pulling these stunts for years. The classic move in voter suppression is redistricting... In Texas, this seems like a weekly event... every time time more Hispanics move in to the state the Republicans rearrange their congressional districts to minimize the effect of their votes.
I actually remember the investigation that Bush launched that the article describes. Bush was miffed about the Florida recount and launched the investigation into possible voter fraud (which had to have been rampant for such a wide chasm to appear between the actual count and what Bush thought should have been the count.) In any case after five years and plenty of tax money they came up with nothing.
So when I heard about the Crosscheck system I was pretty much already expecting something like that. Republicans rely too much on old white people with racists hangups and that demographic is shrinking, so they continue to rely more and more on voter suppression techniques, disguised as voter fraud prevention.
As it turns out, several states pulled out of the system, citing problems with the methodology, as Oregon's secretary of state recently explained: "We left Crosscheck because the data we received was unreliable."
Still, 28 states stuck with the system. Among them, Virginia which produced a list (part of what was leaked) showing 342,556 names which they apparently cancelled from the voter rolls right before Election Day.
Lists from Georgia and Washington state were also leaked. It turns out that a quarter of the list that was leaked didn't even match middle names or suffixes like "Sr." or "Jr." On the Georgia list alone there was 357 people with the name "James Brown" and there were no SS numbers at all!
I'm sure you won't read the article because it's not going to tell you what you want to hear. But just so you know... there are a lot of us that aren't making out with the Republican sphincter and we are at liberty to review the investigations commissioned by either side and when you do that it becomes really obvious that Republicans have been playing dirty pool for a long time.
I haven't made a big deal out of this until now, because it's not worth arguing with a bunch of right-wing maggots about voter suppression when they will only deny it. Besides, the way I see it, Trump won the election whether it was fair or not. Sometimes cheaters win. You just have to move on and maybe work toward making elections more fair in the future.
Still, judging by Trump's record breaking low approval ratings and the record breaking protests against him, along with many other indications, I would say he lost the popular vote by a margin far greater than the 3 million actual votes that were counted. I would guess there were another 2 million at least that were qualified to vote but were not even counted because of bullshit systems like Crosscheck.
I'm sure the "study" you reference in you original post comes from these bullshit lists... It would be just like the Republicans to quietly disqualify the voters based on erroneous data and then hold up the list and state that these people voted illegally... and of course lie and say their votes were counted.