CROUERE: Ardoin Needs To Continue Progress On Precinct Level

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin recently made a good decision and received justified praise in this publication. In an August 26 column, “Kyle Ardoin Is Not Falling For Branch Covidian Insanity, God Bless Him,” Ardoin was commended for his announcement that in the elections scheduled for this fall “he won’t be seeking to expand absentee-by-mail voting, increase the early voting period or enact a coronavirus emergency plan.”

This was an excellent decision and Secretary of State Ardoin deserves the accolades. Now, it is time to build on that progress by directing his staff to work on a vital project. The problem that now needs serious investigation is possible election irregularities at the precinct level.

To be perfectly clear, I have no concrete proof of fraud on the precinct level, just as I have no proof when I see smoke in the air that there is a fire.  After all, the smoke could be coming from 1,000 cigarette smokers all exhaling in unison.  However, such a scenario would be extremely rare, so it is most probably a fire.  At the very least, it should be investigated.

After reviewing some precinct level voting results recently, I discovered some very curious statistics.  In Jefferson Parish, where both Republicans and Democrats had pockets of strength, the Democrat strongholds reported very differently from the Republican strongholds.

Specifically, I examined the Biden-Trump results from the 2020 election. Here is the link to the actual Jefferson Parish results, https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/static/2020-11-03/resultsRegion/59568/26.

I located plenty of voting precincts where Republicans were strong and Trump voters prevailed over Biden voters by a margin of 2 to 1. In fact, in some areas, the margins were even greater, at 3 to 1 or 4 to 1, and, in at least one precinct, it was almost 5 to 1.

This margin was the largest one I could find, as there were no precincts that reported Trump victories with an even greater landslide. Thus, Trump did not win by margins of 6 to 1 or higher.  Yet, the vote totals in the strong Biden precincts showed landslides of such great margins that the results should be investigated.

In many of the precincts won by Biden, the margins were astounding. He won with a 7 to 1 or even 8 to 1 margin.  In precinct 131, for example, the ratio was 7.5 to 1, with the actual vote count being 213 to 28. In some precincts, the margins were even higher.

In precincts 154 and 180 the results were 461 to 21 and 368 to 17, respectively.  This is a ratio that is over 21 to 1. Is that believable?

And it doesn’t stop there.  In precinct 153 the reported votes for Biden totaled 501 to Trump’s 14, which is over 98%.  That is a ratio over 35 to 1. Also, precinct 108 reported almost 99% for Biden.  The ratio there was about 58 to 1, with a reported vote count of 231 to 4.

With record low minority unemployment and a humming economy until the pandemic hit worldwide, is it possible that President Trump lost districts by a ratio of  21 to 1 or greater? Nationwide, according to Edison Research, President Trump received approximately 12% of the African American vote in the 2020 election, losing to Biden by a margin of 8 to 1. Why did he do so much worse in certain precincts in Jefferson Parish with a high percentage of minority voters?

Of course, to repeat, I have no proof that a ratio of 58 to 1 was produced by shenanigans at the precinct level, but any objective observer would have to concede that these vote totals are quite remarkable.

President Trump is a polarizing figure. Millions of Americans love him, and millions of Americans hate him. Nevertheless, among precincts with strong levels of Trump support, there were no reported results anywhere near as lopsided as those that were cited above.

Thus, the message to our Secretary of State is to continue the efforts to fight voter fraud. He has a solid chance of capturing the hearts of Louisiana voters who want to see honest elections, but the fight is just beginning.

His office has the resources to check exactly how precincts are recording votes and then reporting them.  It might even be worthwhile to dispatch staff members into polling places as observers. In fact, it would be a good idea to investigate any precinct where either party is especially strong and reports margins of 20 to 1 or greater.

If this is not done, and dozens of precincts report margins of 40 to 1 or greater in the next statewide election, the results for the entire state could be changed. This would result in a justified uproar among Louisiana voters.

As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Mr. Secretary, please use the ounce of prevention now, before it is too late.

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs nationally on Real America’s Voice Network, AmericasVoice.News weekdays at 7 a.m. CT and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America’s Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on Crouere.net. For more information, email him at [email protected]

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