1,913,369 Ballots Thrown Away

It's official: 1,913,369 ballots were cast but never counted in the 2016 presidential race. That's from the US Elections Assistance Commission.

And not just anyone's ballot gets tossed into the electoral dumpster. The US Civil Rights Commission took a look at Florida's throw-away pile and calculated that your chance of having your vote simply go uncounted, "spoiled," is 900% higher if you're Black than if you're white.

Trump's call for an army of 50,000 vigilantes is laughable: some schmuck in a Hawaiian shirt and MAGA cap won't scare off voters of color. But 50,000 challengers, challenging every single ballot for Biden -- that could succeed. It did for Trump in Michigan in 2016. Here's how Michigan -- and so the Presidency, was stolen four years ago. [...]

Here's what you know: In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes. Officially.

Here's what you don't know: 75,355 ballots were never counted. That's official, too. Just "spoilage," that is, ballots that were, for some technical reason, untallied.

But not just anyone's vote "spoiled." Most of these vanished votes were cast in Detroit -- where only one in ten city residents are white. Motown. Not exactly Trump-ville.

If you haven't watched The Plot Against America, I highly recommend it. This scene in particular, really hurt to watch. (Mild spoiler.)

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7 Responses:

  1. Stephen says:

    Hi Jamie. I probably shouldn't have watched that video clip, or read the article. It's demoralizing, infuriating, and just so incredibly frustrating. I'm reminded of the scene in The Matrix where Cypher is so fed up with the "real world" that he expresses an interest in returning to the blissful ignorance of the cocoon. :-/ On a more positive note, I'm grateful for this blog. I've always enjoyed much of the wit, wisdom, and amusement it provides. ^Stephen

    • Elusis says:

      Yeah, the concept of the "happy idiot" used to give me a lot of angst because I thought mediocre people might be happier because they didn't have that tendency toward relentless, painful self-scrutiny that we depressed folks apparently have (yay?). Now I'm torn between wishing for a mind-wipe of the past four years, and feeling like that would inevitably make me an even more crap person than the people I'd be longing to forget.

      • jwz says:

        But if you were a crappier person, would you know? How do the machines know what Tasty Wheat tasted like?

      • Dude says:

        If you want to know what someone-in-denial-of-the-last-four-years looks like, just look at everyone who still thinks COVID-19 is a "hoax", that old people and kids totally worth sacrificing for the economy, and that wearing a mask is "a sign of weakness".

        • dzm says:

          Or my brother-in-law who shout-explained to me this past Saturday evening that the FBI and Deep State tried engineer a coup d'état against Trump and, fortunately, were thwarted.

          • thielges says:

            Betcha your spittle spewing brother in law had no explanation why such high treason didn’t result in newsworthy arrests and trials.

            C’mon. Any regime that thwarted such a massive crime would be milking their success to the max, especially the current White House.

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