Laughing Their Ossoff: Did Computer-Aided Fraud Play A Role In Georgia’s Special Election Upset?

In a special Congressional election recently held in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff, who went into the election with a significant lead in the polls. It may have been a good old-fashioned political upset - or the result of behind-the-scenes vote-counting fraud.
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    Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP/John Bazemore)

    Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel declares victory during an election-night watch party, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP/John Bazemore)

    GEORGIA — (Analysis) The recent special election to fill the Georgia Sixth Congressional District seat formerly held by Republican Tom Price, who was appointed to Donald Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services, was the focus of extraordinary attention and expenditure.

    More than any of the other 2017 special elections, the GA-6 election was seen as a proxy for approval or disapproval of the Trump presidency and as a clue to the Democratic prospects for retaking the House in 2018.  Held in a district that had long been solidly Republican but that had given Trump the barest 1.5-percent plurality in 2016, this election was also the subject of intense media focus.

    The Democratic candidate, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, a former Congressional staffer and first-time office-seeker, faced a crowded field of 17 other candidates in a preliminary contest held in April.  Among them was Karen Handel, former Republican Secretary of State of Georgia, along with a host of less serious challengers. If no candidate polled at 50 percent of the total vote, the two top finishers would meet in a June runoff.



    With the wave of Trump disapproval continuing to grow, Ossoff was closing in on the 50-percent mark going into the April 18 election. On election night, as the returns were coming in, Ossoff held over 50 percent until a supposed “glitch” in Fulton County (the three counties in the Atlanta suburbs that comprise GA-6 are Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb) paused the returns for several hours. When reporting resumed, Ossoff’s total had dropped below 50 percent, where it remained through the final count. Ossoff finished at 48.12 percent; Handel finished second with just over 19 percent of the vote and went through to the June runoff against Ossoff.

    A “glitch;” a sudden shift from “win seat” to “runoff;” the fact that all but the mailed-in and “provisional” ballots were cast and counted on electronic voting machines with no paper record and no capacity for recounting, auditing or verification; and the extraordinary security breaches uncovered at the Kennesaw State University Election Center, the outfit entrusted with the programming of the computers and the management of voter databases – each of these factors raised red flags about what was reported as a “disappointing” Democratic result, as Ossoff fell 1.9-percent short of the magic 50-percent number.

    The stage was then set for the June 20 runoff. The perceived significance of this election was mirrored in the funds that poured in for both sides – more than $50 million, an all-time record for a congressional seat. The tracking polls predicted a close election but averaged to an advantage for Ossoff, in spite of the fact that all were conducted using the Likely Voter Cutoff Model for sampling, a methodology that is generally recognized to disproportionately eliminate Democratic-leaning constituencies such as renters, students and poorer voters from the sample, thereby advantaging Republican candidates in the poll results.

    Melissa Painter walks with her daughter to vote in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election at a polling site in Sandy Springs, Ga., June 20, 2017. (AP/David Goldman)

    Melissa Painter walks with her daughter to vote in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election at a polling site in Sandy Springs, Ga., June 20, 2017. (AP/David Goldman)

    With the exception of a single poll conducted by a polling firm identified with an “R” (that is, as working for Republican clients), Handel never held a lead in the polls going into the runoff election. Nonetheless, on the basis of my own experience observing and handicapping U.S. elections in the computerized voting era, I publicly predicted (speaking at a conference on June 2) with complete confidence that Ossoff would lose to Handel. Indeed, I promised that it was such a lock that, should Ossoff win, I would cease all election integrity activities and concede that I was nothing more than the wild-eyed, tinfoil hat “conspiracy theorist” that we are all so often accused of being.  Fortunately for my career, Handel came through with flying colors and won by 3.8 percent, finishing with 52.87 percent to Ossoff’s 48.13 percent.

    Kellyanne Conway summed up the reaction among leading Republicans when she tweeted “Laughing my #Ossoff.”

    The Democrats, who have gone zero for five in special elections and are seemingly unable to win anything in spite of Trump’s lead-balloon popularity, started wailing about new strategies and new leadership. The bounteous and bitter fruits of apparent victory and apparent defeat, having had a profound effect upon political expectations and strategies, and indeed upon all aspects of political behavior, going forward.

    Prior to the election, legal action to compel that votes be cast on paper (and counted by optical scanner) to provide a durable record for verification purposes failed when a judge ruled that it would be too burdensome on the state to print ballots for GA-6 and to use its existing optical scanners (“OpScans,” which were being used to count mail-in ballots) to count election day ballots. As a result, only mail-in ballots and provisional ballots – approximately 10 percent of the total votes cast – were cast on paper and in any way verifiable. The remaining 90 percent? For that, we’d just have to trust the Kennesaw State Election Center, its director Merle King, and their already-breached security protocols.

    It is worthy of note that this was a single-contest election that could have easily been counted observably, in public, by hand, within two hours of the polls closing at minimal expense (though plenty of volunteers would have likely poured in). The Dutch, having taken one whiff of our 2016 elections and being aware of the security risks in computerized counting, changed their protocol after two days of consideration and counted their 2017 election by hand, joining a growing list of other advanced democracies in doing so.

     

    Verifiable vs. unverifiable counting: an enormous disparity

    The Georgia Secretary of State elections website helpfully breaks down vote totals by type of ballot cast. There are four types of voting: election day in-person voting, early in-person voting, vote-by-mail and provisional ballots. The first two are cast and counted on computerized voting machines, which permit no meaningful verification, either by audit or recount. Mail-in and provisional ballots, on the other hand, are cast on paper and counted on OpScans, the paper then being retained, by federal law, for 22 months – which would, at least in theory, permit verification processes to be undertaken. The results for each type of voting are shown in the table below:

    We can see that, after winning the verifiable vote-by-mail voting by a stunning 28.4-percent margin (and the provisional voting by an even more lopsided margin of 46 percent), Ossoff also polled a narrow win in the unverifiable advance-in-person voting, only to be blown out by 16.4 percent in an unverifiable election day landslide. With the election already under a cloud of known security breaches at Kennesaw State, the larger cloud of known vulnerability to hacking and rigging of unverifiable electronic voting machine records and the still larger cloud of more than 15 years of virtually unidirectional vote-counting anomalies and red flags in the computerized voting era, this particularly glaring disparity warrants deeper investigation.

    To be clear, Handel’s landslide victory in Election Day voting was absolutely shocking. It was not remotely predicted by a single poll, not even the Republican-identified by Trafalgar referred to above, which was the only poll to show Handel ahead (by 2 percent).  Even this outlier poll showed Handel with a 1.6-percent lead among likely voters who had yet to cast their votes a week before election day.  This leads to two obvious questions: What happened to swing voters so strongly for Handel or against Ossoff? And did the big vote-by-mail Ossoff margin simply reflect that Democratic voters in GA-6 are more likely to cast mail-in ballots?

    The answer to the first question is fairly clear: there was no gaffe or scandal in the week before election day.  Ossoff did not get crushed in a debate, urinate in public on a statue of George Washington or get caught in bed with a farm animal.  Handel did not give a speech for the ages.  The money and endorsements pouring in from both sides had already done their work – hardly anyone (3.88 percent, according to the Trafalgar poll) remained “undecided.”

    Jon Ossoff and fiancee Alisha Kramer, talk with organizer Eliot Beckham while campaigning in Sandy Springs, Ga., May 11, 2017. (AP/David Goldman)

    Jon Ossoff and fiancee Alisha Kramer, talk with organizer Eliot Beckham while campaigning in Sandy Springs, Ga., May 11, 2017. (AP/David Goldman)

    The Ossoff get-out-the-vote operation, which helped Ossoff to his 6.6-percent overall lead in early voting, did not run out of money, and there was no shortage of volunteers. The only incident of note was the “baseball practice” shooting in Virginia, in which a Republican Congressman, as well as several others, were seriously wounded a week before the GA-6 election.

    Although it was Republicans who were targeted, the response to the incident was universal bipartisan condemnation – and there was a clear sense that the perpetrator was a disturbed individual and a symptom of a hyperpolarization and breakdown in norms of civility and decency in which Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric is regarded by many, including Republicans, to have played a key role. There was a strong sense, too, that in this environment, either side might be the target of such violence. There was no sign that election day voting in GA-6 was swung so sharply by either this incident or any other late-breaking news event.

    The second question requires a bit more digging. If it turned out that GA-6 Democrats had displayed a historical tendency to mail in their ballots, that would suffice to establish a benign explanation for the verifiable/unverifiable disparity – though it would hardly serve to remove the clouds of a priori suspicion. It was a simple enough exercise to download and organize the archived data for the past several GA-6 elections from the Georgia elections website. As shown in the chart below, it is not Democrats but Republicans who consistently prefer to vote by mail in GA-6.

    That is, until 2017. Suddenly – in the two Ossoff elections, preliminary and runoff – that pattern spins on its heels and it is Democrats (or, more precisely, voters who selected the Democratic candidate; analysts are attempting to gather the data necessary to determine how much of the Ossoff mail-in vote was cross-over by Republicans, a determination of great forensic significance) who flocked to the mailbox to vote.

    U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 6

    Or did they? What if the Ossoff mail-in vote advantage reflected not simply a flood of Democratic voters suddenly deciding to vote by mail, but instead the verifiability of those paper ballots and their consequent relative immunity to risk-free manipulation? What if the mail-in votes as cast were not so wildly divergent from the in-person votes as cast? What if the unverifiable in-person votes were manipulated, when they needed to be, with a big Ossoff lead to overcome on election day?  What if one of the numerous known security breaches was exploited to alter the result of the election?

     

    Real possibility of fraud raises real concerns for democracy

    If these questions seem far-fetched, you owe it to yourself (and to democracy) to ask the “opposite” question: What proof exists that the 90 percent of the vote count conducted on unverifiable and manifestly vulnerable electronic voting machines was not hacked or maliciously programmed, altered in the pitch-dark of cyberspace? Carefully consider.

    You might ask Kennesaw State Election Center director Merle King or Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, or any of the good stewards who conduct and control elections in GA-6 and throughout the state for that proof. The voters are owed either a cogent answer or a straightforward admission that such elections are strictly faith-based.

    A flyer was sent by the Handel campaign encouraging mail-in voting among supporters.

    A flyer was sent by the Handel campaign encouraging mail-in voting among supporters. (Photo: codered2014.com)

    Some were led to speculate that the surge of Democratic mail-ins in the June runoff could have been prompted in part by the Ossoff campaign’s encouraging of vote-by-mail as a protection against electronic voting machine-based fraud. Having combed the campaign literature for that specific message, what we have found so far is that the Handel campaign inserted vote-by-mail ballot applications into at least one of its mailings, while the Ossoff campaign did not.

    Such “benign” explanations, where remotely plausible, certainly warrant serious investigation. But so do the hardware and software that recorded and counted 90 percent of the GA-6 vote in endless and invisible strings of 1s and 0s. Right now, pending further investigation (which, in spite of a multi-partisan election contest recently filed in Georgia state court, is as unlikely as it has been in all of the suspect elections of the computerized voting era), we are basing national leadership, policy, and direction – all of it – on those 1s and 0s and on blind trust in the Merle Kings, Kennesaw States, Command Centrals, Triads, Diebolds, ES&Ss, Hart Intercivics, and Dominions of the world.

    In what way, we must ask ourselves as the true stewards of our democracy, have they earned that trust? As it stands, our planet is riding on something none of us is permitted to see, and therefore on the voluntary ethical self-restraint of actors with every motivation in the world not to exercise it.  

    The solution is a very basic one: restoration of public, observable vote-counting to American elections. There is no sign that this is going to be given to us by our elected office-holders – those for whom the electoral process has, in one way or another, “worked.”  We are going to have to insist, and apply the full leverage of our economic muscle (beginning with mass refusal to purchase unnecessary items) to that insistence.

    We as a public are free to make bad electoral choices – that’s democracy – but the minute those choices are made for us, in our name, and falsely – that is something else. It could well be fascism via fraud. It is, at the very least, a lie. And it is up to us to reclaim our true and undubbed voice.

    Jonathan Simon is Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring observable vote counting and electoral integrity. He’s also the author of “CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century.” His related blog can be found at www.CodeRed2016.com/blog.

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    • FMHenry

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      Frank Henry
      Full Voting Rights Advocate
      e-mail: fmhenry4@netzero.com

    • towerofbabel

      It is time to accept the fact that American elections are a farce. Debating wether or not there was cheating is to live in a delusion. At this point all elections of consequence are rigged, the media is rigged, and the government is 100% corrupt. The deep state has turned against the America people and the Constitution in their most brazen display of contempt for the rule of law. And they own the Congress.

      Average Americans of all stripes need to to put partisanship and identity politics to the side and unite to try to save our country. It’s our last chance.

    • Mikronos

      I hope they’re looking at ‘russians’ hacking, before somebody erases all the intelligence.

    • Mark Ervin Dabney

      I remember addressing Karen Handel years ago as a Ron Paul supporter @ a GOP barbecue – she gave a “we need more politicians with ‘Rs’ next to their names voted into office” speech. When she said “any questions” I raised the issue of the touch screen voting machines. I did not mean to be verbose, I did mean to be clear – I had a very real and legitimate concern. Her response was 100% dismissive and she refused to discuss the issue with me afterwards.

      Later I found out that she had actively campaigned AGAINST the touch screen voting machines, and when she got in office she went against her own campaign promise. I recommend “America: From Freedom to Fascism” which addresses the fraudulent touch screen machines, as well as the Plutocratic Federal Reserve System and the Income Tax Fraud. Watch it and you’ll understand why Aaron Russo is dead. Shortly before he died Russo went on record as to who was responsible for 9/11 and the Revelation 13 tribulation that is coming to fulfillment.

      BOTH parties are corrupt – read the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion if you seek understanding of how the Synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9 & 3:9) operates.

    • derrick

      It is in disputable that Ossoff won and the Handel pal-arounds rigged the count.
      Still, the scam is done; the twit’s in Congress, and Trump is licking his chops.
      It’s the way of the Fascists.

      Sad.

      • Brenda Makus

        Yes Ossoff did win! It is very telling with the verifiable cast votes. The election machines in our country are no good. And if we don’t change to another system, this will no doubt continue as it is now hacking. The voting system databases have been compromised and it will not be fair from here out. We need a change and we need a redo of the votes for Ossoff! There is some serious cheating going on.

        • Mark Ervin Dabney

          Ossoff is NOT a legitimate alternative: NONE OF THE ABOVE, neither a Welfare State nor a Warfare State, but a LAWFUL STATE!

          • derrick

            Please defend your “Ossoff=>Welfare State“
            with specific examples of his stated proposals.
            We’ll wait.

        • Jonathan Simon

          On the evidence, that “cheating”–computerized vote count manipulation–has been going on since at least 2002. The whole infrastructure of American politics–right-wing hegemony at every level and government absurdly out of sync with public opinion–is its result.

        • feistychic

          And now with the Republicans dismantling our election security agency right before the next round of elections, look for election fraud to be rampant as never before. Cheeto just fired the head security man for election integrity, so ….. by doing that, basically Cheeto just handed Russia an open invitation to hack our elections.

      • Mikronos

        Ossoff – that’s a ‘Rooshin’ name ain’t it?

        • derrick

          …and your point is?

      • Jonathan Simon

        I wouldn’t agree that it’s “indisputable.” Unfortunately election rigging is almost never indisputable. But there are a whole flock of competitive elections with national significance that quack like ducks–and the response of the government and of the media is to put in ear-buds and listen to loud music. That is the real problem: the refusal of everyone, from the NYTimes to the DHS, to either credit any of the strong circumstantial (i.e., numerical pattern) evidence handed to them or seek to examine any item of hard evidence (code, memory cards, voter-marked ballots where available) before declaring that “no actual votes have been affected.” Our electoral process, and especially the vote counting, couldn’t be less transparent–and that is the core of the problem and what most needs to change pronto. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98a4d9c4a10524944d2d7baca7991821b151ca19e9a28553e04fb246fa8a7f8b.jpg

        • derrick

          You make a fair point, Jonathan.
          I overstated the case.
          Thanks for the correction.
          Derrick

    • Susan Lindauer

      Yo!!! The polls are garbage! They’re badly skewed and focused on herding voters to the conclusion that Osoff would win, so voters should support the winning candidate. It’s not working. Pretending afterwards that voters really preferred for Democrats to win is ASININE! Democrats are losing, because you’re a party without ideas, or problem solving. You created the ObamaCare Catastrophe, which is a financial weapon against most Middle Class families. And you refuse to fix. You will lose again in 2018. And Trump will win re-election in 2020.

      • OV
        • Susan Lindauer

          Spare me your ignorance! I have a masters degree from the London School of Economics. I negotiated the Lockerbie Trial with Libya’s Ambassador, and I negotiated the return of weapons inspectors to Baghdad with Iraq’s Ambassador Saeed Hasan and Foreign Ministry. Yes.

          Fact. I was the second non-Arab American ever indicted on the Patriot Act, because twice, before his big speech at the United Nations, I warned Secretary of State Colin Powell that Iraqi exiles were notorious liars wildly fabricating and inventing stories about non-existent WMDs. For that I got sent to prison for one year on Carswell Air Force Base, while con man Colin Powell embarked on a book tour.

          While I was accused of Treason, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee published a report that intelligence from January, 2003 was one of the ONLY BRIGHT SPOTS in Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence. So why doesn’t the great CNN or New York Times James Risen cover my story???? Because it disputes all of the bullshit lies they told to protect the Establishment.

          That would be the Establishment that’s now pimping War with Russia to boost weapons sales, with this FAKE story about Trump that’s EXACTLY like the FAKE story of Iraq’s WMDS. Soros is mad that Trump stole his war candy!

          • OV
            • Susan Lindauer

              What you call narcissism, I call achievement as the result of HARD WORK and Tenacious Perseverance!

              • OV
                • Susan Lindauer

                  OV, that describes Democrat war-mongers to a tee. They’re controlling & abusive. Then they demand praise for the generosity of inviting refugees to live in our neighborhoods, after we’ve blown up their home countries!!! How NOBLE of the Democrats!!! Refugees must be so THANKFUL that you bombed & destroyed their COMMUNITIES.

                  • Jonathan Simon

                    Somehow I think the issue I tried to address in my article has been lost here in a useless, prolonged ad hominem volley. It is discouraging to find it here, even to one who bathes daily in discouragement.

                    • uncle tungsten

                      Hear hear, and thank you Jonathan for calling it out as I was about to object to the topic being derailed. Moderators would assist the commenters by smoothing the turbulence here.

              • tapatio

                Ms Lindauer, you are insane and should be either medicated or institutionalized. You HAD a good education but are quite delusional.

                • Susan Lindauer

                  Yeah, I’m INSANE because I oppose the War in Iraq!!! And it’s such a great success, isn’t it??? Definitely Democrat War-Mongers need drugs so they can see the CATASTROPHIC mess those IDIOT FOOLS Obama & Hillary created for NO REASON WHATSOEVER. Libya, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and Iraq were peaceful and stable, mostly prosperous except for Iraq & Yemen, until the U.S decided to overthrow their governments. I’m obviously delusional because unlike you BRILLIANT war-mongers, I SPOKE. I PROTESTED. While you gazed gaga at your TV screens watching CNN, I got out and took ACTION.

                  • Mark Ervin Dabney

                    I spoke with the Veterans of the USS Liberty on the 50th Anniversary of the Zionist false flag op – I said that ISIS are Rothschild Mercenaries and they concurred, do you also concur?

            • tapatio

              Lindauer is not a narcissist – disgusting as it is, narcissism is only a “disorder”. Lindauer has been judged incompetent to stand trial on TWO occasions by two different judges.

              The woman is clinically insane.

              • Mark Ervin Dabney

                Yes, according to a sick form of government that is not just ignorant, but willfully ignorant – as you appear to be to take the official account at face value – consider John 7:24

                • tapatio

                  Chuckles, from what I understand of the charges against Lindauer, I might well have been on her side. She is however, mentally ILL.

            • feistychic

              She and Cheeto need to share a padded cell.

          • tapatio

            Sorry dearie, I was mistaken about you. Please take your lithium and GO AWAY.

            Susan Lindauer

            Susan Lindauer (born July 17, 1963) is an American antiwar activist and former U.S. Congressional staffer who was charged with “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government” and violating U.S. financial sanctions during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She was incarcerated in 2005 and released the next year after two judges ruled her mentally unfit to stand trial. The government dropped the prosecution in 2009. In 2010,
            On March 11, 2004, Lindauer was arrested in Takoma Park, Maryland by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).[3][16][17] She was taken to the FBI office in Baltimore. Outside of this office, she told WBAL-TV: “I’m an antiwar activist and I’m innocent. I did more to stop terrorism in this country than anybody else. I have done good things for this country. I worked to get weapons inspectors back to Iraq when everybody else said it was impossible.”[18][19]
            Lindauer was indicted by a grand jury for “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government”,[20] an accusation usually made against foreign spies.[21][22] For this reason, the media wrote much about her being accused of spying.[23]
            Lindauer claimed she was conducting peace negotiations with representatives of several Muslim countries (including Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, and Yemen) in New York. According to transcripts Lindauer presented to the New York Times in 2004, these included meetings with Iraqi Muthanna al-Hanooti, a peace activist later accused of spying. Lindauer also said that the U.S. intelligence community was aware of these meetings and was monitoring her.[3][27]
            In 2005, Lindauer was incarcerated at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, for psychological evaluation. She was then moved to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.[28] In 2006, she was released after judge Michael B. Mukasey ruled that Lindauer was unfit to stand trial.[29][28] He noted that the severity of Lindauer’s mental illness, which he described as a “lengthy delusional history”, weakened the prosecution’s case. In his decision he wrote, “Lindauer … could not act successfully as an agent of the Iraqi government without in some way influencing normal people …. There is no indication that Lindauer ever came close to influencing anyone, or could have. The indictment charges only what it describes as an unsuccessful attempt to influence an unnamed government official, and the record shows that even lay people recognize that she is seriously disturbed.”

            • Susan Lindauer

              That’s the New Fascism of the Democrat Party! If somebody disagrees with you, there must be something wrong with them psychologically. I am proud to stand against the Wars in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Ukraine. And I was never indicted for spying. That’s ALL FAKE news to protect Establishment Politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who STUPIDLY joined George W in marching U.S soldiers into Iraq!!! I was arrested for OPPOSING the War in Iraq for reasons that proved 100 percent accurate.

              • tapatio

                1) I’m no longer Democrat. I’ve been green since 2009.

                2) You have been found incompetent to stand trial TWICE.

                I REPEAT………..TAKE YOUR LITHIUM AND GO AWAY.

              • Mark Ervin Dabney

                We need to update Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler’s “War is a Racquet!” for all the treasonous lies that masquerade as “patriotism” since 1933 – AGREED?

            • Mark Ervin Dabney

              she was falsely accused for the purposes of Nazi-Anal security, so you are posing the official narrative as though it has merit, YOU OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER!

              • tapatio

                MAKE AN EFFORT TO COMPREHEND THAT SHE WAS FOUND UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL BY TWO SEPARATE JUDGES. THE WOMAN’S RANTING BEARS THAT OUT.

          • Jonathan Simon

            Again, if you have all that experience and all those credentials, I’m not sure why you are advancing shoddy, blanket arguments that really do resemble trolling because they are so clearly at odds with careful fact-gathering, research, and analysis. It is frustrating, is it not, to work long, hard, and diligently to establish a case for reform only to see it paint-balled with lazy, uncomprehending retorts.

            • uncle tungsten

              Jonathan thanks for your analysis but can you flesh out the first table of vote by type and advise the number of votes made by each type. Percentages are indicative but numbers or actual proportions of total votes are more helpful. If the votes made on election day are overwhelmingly larger than the other methods it may help to get a fuller picture.

              • Jonathan Simon

                A good and a fair question. You can find all the raw vote data at http://www.sos.ga.gov by clicking the “ELECTION RESULTS” box prominently displayed on the home page (I suspect that if Ossoff had won the link would be a tad less prominent) and navigating from there. As I noted, the mail-in vote is about 11% of the total; the rest of the vote was split just about evenly between early-in-person and Election Day (both DRE), so Election Day vote was about 44% of the total. The 16% Handel margin on Election Day was, to say the least, shocking–no matter how you look at it.

      • Brenda Makus

        Susan Lindauer, there is a dark power hacking the voting systems all around. It is not coincidental that all the Republicans are winning – no way! It is not because Democrats have no ideas – that is a lie. What is a lie is how the Republicans all over are winning through cheating (hacking) and is what has happened during the 2016 presidential election. Wake up dear, and spare me no excuse on why the Democrats are not winning. Our democracy is in deep trouble!

        • Susan Lindauer

          Sweetie, There’s no evidence of voter hacking the election machines. Most States use paper ballots that get scanned into a second machine and tallied for the precinct. There’s so many layers of protections, and checks and balances, you have nothing to fear. GOP voters typically wait to vote until Election Day. GOP candidates are winning, because Americans are tired of Democrat corruption.

          Does it NOT bother you that HIllary exchanged favorable policy decisions at the State Department in exchange for million dollar cash donations to the Clinton Foundations??? See, Democrats appear to accept that hypocrisy– and you’re ENRAGED that WIKILEAKS busted Democrat elite for doing it. The rest of Americans are APPALLED!!!! Every time Democrats raise this STUPID Russian story, you remind the rest of us that WE WANT Hillary to face criminal prosecution. We can’t understand why Trump has not appointed a Special Prosecutor to investigate Hillary and INDICT HER!!!

          You are NOT entitled to enjoy a separate standard of law on Corruption & Mishandling of Classified Intelligence. No. You. Are. Not.

          • tapatio

            Missy, you may not have noticed that the orange baboon is in the White House ONLY because the antiquated, biased Electoral College has priority over the ACTUAL POPULAR VOTE. Your mildly retarded, child raping, bling junkie, uneducated clod LOST THE ELECTION BY OVER THREE MILLION VOTES. (no keyboard diarrhea about voter fraud, please).

            Now, please do haul your alt-right A$$ back to the Duck Dynasty, Steve Bannon, Caribou Barbie environs whence it came. You are simply trolling here.

            • Mark Ervin Dabney

              Do you understand that such ad homenum assaults are tacitly a confession that you lack a legitimate rebuttal? I am not for Darn Old T. Rump just because I see Hitlery as a sick evil person that sees herself above the law – the corruption we face a nation transcends party.

              • tapatio

                IDIOT, one doesn’t “rebut” the mentally ill……………..

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Lindauer

                • feistychic

                  So, she is a traitor. Not surprised. No wonder she’s hot for Cheeto.

                  • tapatio

                    There’s a Wiki page on Susan Lindauer. She’s mentally ill – found unfit to stand trial twice.

            • feistychic

              You are my new hero for unloading some truth bombs on this lying troll! Job well done!

              • tapatio

                Thank you.

          • Marionumber1

            Your comment on how many “checks and balances” there are is entirely false. In almost every election, the computer-generated counts are treated as the undisputed truth. Voting machine results are rarely ever verified (this is the case in Georgia), and when it does happen, the audits are often corrupt (see http://freepress.org/departments/display/19/2007/2379 and http://blackboxvoting.org/when-is-a-recount-a-sham/ and http://www.copswiki.org/w119/pub/Common/M1670/2016-08-02_Press_Release_–_Court_Ruling_on_Election_Lawsuit.pdf as examples).

            Since you hate Hillary so much (as do I), you might be interested to know that she also benefited from voting machine rigging in the 2016 Democratic primaries. But corruption isn’t something limited to Democrats. The corporate powers controlling the voting machines largely prefer Republicans to win general elections, and corporate Democrats to win primaries.

          • Jonathan Simon

            Again you seem to enjoy ignoring the facts–at least those presented in the article upon which you are commenting. If you examine the second chart you will see that in GA-6, up until this particular “proxy” race, it is the REPUBLICANS who vote by mail in greater numbers.

            As for the “protections” you write about, none of them is in any way effective against insider rigging–the writing or interpolation of malicious code by anyone in the programming and distribution chain for the memory cards. We’re not talking Russians here, but home-grown techies whose services could be bought for a song by a political operative without a conscience. I assume you know of a few of those.

            In THIS election (not sure why you shift the discussion to “most states”), the votes in question are not on paper ballots and there is no verifiable record of them. Which is why such a huge disparity from votes on paper, which would be verifiable, is such a glaring red flag. Then again, no one ever said political argument had to be coherent or logical. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98a4d9c4a10524944d2d7baca7991821b151ca19e9a28553e04fb246fa8a7f8b.jpg

          • feistychic

            You are a supreme idiot. Did you never wonder why WikiLeaks never released any dirt on the RNC? What exactly did we find out by the released Clinton emails other than it f**ked her win? The RNC emails were not released because they contain a plethora of information that would make the Democrats look like innocent school children. Those emails will be released or hacked away from Wicki and will contain evidence of how crooked and corrupt RepubliSCUMS are, and my guess will give lots of ammunition for Putin to use against the GOP puppets that he now owns. Mark.my.words. It.shall.be.so.

      • tapatio

        You appear NOT to be THE “Susan Lindauer” from Alaska. Girlie (IF you are female), you might be far happier on Breitbart, Stormfront or one of the alt-right hate sites. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ff51c59471b4b8b68a40db9c467df3af7338c81b3fd9710a3841bcb053ddd6c.png

        • Susan Lindauer

          I am THE Susan Lindauer who wrote EXTREME PREJUDICE. And I’ve been reading Mint Press since their True Journalists showcased the wonderful Sister Agnes in Syria, and exposed the False Flag of Syria’s FAKE use of Chemical weapons. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/024c4aa15e59e028e018746aab8ea2d485dc19f3fa7446892cb92b5f33d5f671.jpg

          • Mark Ervin Dabney

            clearly you are not endorsing Darn Old T. Rump firing dozens of missiles against Syria that like Libya had done nothing to threaten or harm us.

          • Jonathan Simon

            If you are an author, then it is even more disturbing that you make blanket claims about skewed polling and reasons for poll-votecount disparities without first doing even a modicum of research into the subject.

      • Marionumber1

        You completely ignored Jonathan Simon’s point about the Likely Voter Cutoff Model (LVCM), which erroneously skews polls towards Republicans. Claims that polls are rigged to favor Democrats are not only false, but a complete inversion of reality.

      • Mark Ervin Dabney

        What quality info can you give me about the different factions of Islam? I’ve reviewed your account about the Libyan Islam – and they appear to be more reasonable like the Alawi sect in Syria which is more tolerant. As things stand: I give ZERO credibility to Zionist shills that broad brush Islam at its worse – my commitment is to be FAIR – and that means countering the “Understanding Islam” propaganda I saw at my own church years ago.

      • defender

        God bless the truth

      • Jonathan Simon

        Actually the polls are skewed, by the employment of the Likely Voter Cutoff Model (“LVCM,” of which I’m assuming you are unaware), at least 5% in favor of constituencies (older, whiter, richer) that support Republican candidates. The LVCM was adopted beginning around 2006 when pollsters couldn’t figure out why their previously successful sampling algorithms were, since 2002, “off” by about 5%-8% to the left in competitive elections of national significance (the ones that tend to get polled). Well, HAVA (the “Help America Vote Act,” which brought in the computers) passed in 2002 and that’s when the polls started being “garbage.” I don’t suppose you’ve considered the possibility that the vote counts were what started being garbage?

        I agree with you that the Democrats will “lose again” in 2018 and Trump may even win re-election in 2020 (with a 12% approval rating–but then, polls are garbage). That is unless we restore public, observable vote counting for our elections. So here’s an offer: how about if we have just one lousy election (our nex https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98a4d9c4a10524944d2d7baca7991821b151ca19e9a28553e04fb246fa8a7f8b.jpg t one in 2018) counted in public, observably, by hand, and let the chips fall where they may, screw the polls. Surely you have no objection to that, do you?

      • feistychic

        And you are a filthy traitor to your country, not to mention a racist POS by supporting someone as obviously (at least to us sane people) corrupt as that THING that currently occupies the Whitehouse. You are not even worth spitting on.