Just how widespread is 'voting only for president' in America? The Gen Z Post has uncovered some interesting numbers worth noting.
Approximately one-third of Americans still believe the media-branded 'Big Lie' of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. But do the numbers tell a different story?
Article Written by Jett James Pruitt
The 2020 Presidential Election was unlike any other in American history. As most Americans already know, incumbent President Donald J. Trump ran for reelection against former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, a naturally polarizing figure, was projected by most media outlets to lose against Biden. Hoping for a repeat of the 2016 general election—in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in one of the greatest political upsets in American history—conservatives generally dismissed the accuracy of these media projections, asserting that Trump commanded the shy Republican vote.
With issues such as the emergence of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the collapse of the world economy, and the fight for racial justice at the forefront of voters’ minds, pundits knew the election was going to be contentious.
When Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election, Donald Trump immediately launched a crusade against the certification of the results. Indeed, Trump and his allies filed at least 63 lawsuits in several states, disseminated allegations of widespread voter fraud, and pressured election officials to conduct audits in their respective states.
These activities culminated into the violent January 6th Capitol Riot, which arguably underscored deep political distrust among conservative Americans towards the media, the government, and the Democratic Party.
Following January 6th, the chasm between ensuring election integrity and combating voter suppression has intensified. In fact, Democrats have widely criticized what they consider to be restrictive voting laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures.
Republicans, on the other hand, see these measures as non-partisan ways to ensure election integrity for all voters from every racial and socio-economic background.
Texas House Democratic Caucus fighting for voter rights at the Capitol in July 2021.
With the intense debate of 'voter integrity' versus 'voter suppression,' just what do the ballot numbers tell us from the last election?
By thoroughly examining the results of the 2020 election, The Gen Z Post discovered an interesting phenomenon that is not receiving much media attention:
It seems that in virtually all states, a large number of voters cast their ballots for President while abstaining from voting in all other electoral races.
1) As reported by the Associated Press, 152,576,055 votes were cast in the 2020 Congressional elections. Meanwhile, 158,383,403 votes were cast in the presidential election. In other words, a whopping 5,807,348 individuals across the country apparently voted for president without voting for their local representative.
2) As reported by the Florida Department of State, 10,411,451 votes were cast in the 2020 Florida Congressional Elections. At the same time, 11,067,456 votes were cast in the Presidential election. This means that 656,005 individuals voted for president without voting for their congressman.
3) Even in Wyoming, 270,892 votes were cast in the state’s one-seat congressional election in 2020. Not surprisingly, 276,765 ballots were cast in the state’s presidential election. This means that 5,873 individuals participated in the presidential election without voting in their local congressional race.
4) Per the Associated Press, Donald Trump won 1,020,280 popular votes in the 2020 general election in Oklahoma. At the same time, Republican Jim Inhofe received only 979,140 votes in the Senatorial election—a much smaller 41,140 vote difference. While Democrat Abby Broyles, who challenged Inhofe, won roughly 6,000 more votes than Joe Biden, the discrepancy between presidential and congressional results in Oklahoma is still puzzling.
5) In the 2020 New Hampshire race for Governor, 793,260 votes were cast in the gubernatorial race. Although Republican incumbent Chris Sununu won, his Democratic counterpart, Dan Feltes, received only 264,639 votes compared to Joe Biden's 424,921 votes (Biden won New Hampshire).
In such a polarized climate, it's interesting that 160,282 voters — which equates to 38 percent of Biden's ballots — did NOT support their Democratic party in the race for Governor.
Wouldn't die-hard New Hampshire liberals vote blue down the entire ballot? Apparently not.
While this seems like a natural occurrence to some, it creates more questions than answers:
1) Have you (or anyone else you know) only voted for President and abstained from voting in all other races at the ballot box?
2) Is the consistent discrepancy between Presidential elections and other electoral races natural?
3) How does this phenomena compare to prior election years?
4) Why would voters only participate in one race after standing in line for hours to vote?
5) Are single-race ballots being counted properly?
6) What role does third-party ballot harvesters play in these numbers?
We believe these questions are an integral part of the Voting Rights conversation. In fact, it is imperative that we further investigate this phenomenon to resolve political tensions in the United States.
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