Top political researcher estimates up to 368,000 extra votes found during 2020 election

A top political researcher estimated that around 250,000 excess votes — and potentially up to 368,000 — were found in six swing states where President Joe Biden won over Donald Trump.

In a piece published by RealClearPolitics Monday, researcher John R. Lott Jr. — president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of the influential 1998 book “More Guns, Less Crime” — said his research focused the possibility of excess votes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Those states were won by Joe Biden by a total of 313,253 votes — which drops to 159,065 when Michigan is taken out of the equation.

Lott, who has argued states need to exercise greater voter security, said his job isn’t to directly call into question the results of the Biden-Trump matchup.

“The point of this work isn’t to contest the 2020 election, but to point out that we have a real problem that needs to be dealt with,” he wrote. “Americans must have confidence in future elections.

“Some Trump allies, such as attorney Sidney Powell, who famously promised to ‘Release the Kraken’ and then provided no evidence, have helped to discredit these concerns.”

However, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll found 52% of voters felt “cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election,” including 34% of Democrats. This was in comparison to only 40% of voters who thought there was no cheating.

Lott’s research, which is soon to be published in a peer-reviewed economics journal, revealed they had much to be concerned about.

It relied on three tests. First, he compared adjacent precincts within counties where one was the subject to allegations of voter fraud and the other wasn’t.

“Precincts tend to be small, homogeneous areas, and many consist of fewer than a thousand registered voters,” Lott wrote. “When comparing President Trump’s absentee ballot vote shares among these adjacent precincts, I accounted for differences in Trump’s in-person vote share and in registered voters’ demographics in both precincts.”

He applied that method to provisional ballots in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where voters were reportedly allowed to submit provisional ballots in order to correct defects in their absentee ballots; this was illegal under state law.

“My analysis found that such permissions in Allegheny County alone contributed to a statistically significant 6,700 additional votes for Biden – in a state decided by fewer than 81,000 votes,” Lott wrote.

Lastly, he looked at “artificially large voter turnouts,” which can be a sign of ineligible people voting, the submitting of absentee ballots for people who didn’t vote or bribing people to vote.

“Republican-leaning swing state counties had higher turnouts relative to the 2016 election. Democratic-leaning counties had lower turnouts, except for the Democratic counties with alleged vote fraud, which had very high turnouts,” Lott reported.

Addressing these problems with stricter voter integrity measures is critical to restoring Americans’ faith in the electoral process, he concluded.

“Vote fraud erodes trust in elections, and makes people less motivated to vote. Compared to Europe and other developed countries, America is unique in its lax approach to vote fraud,” Lott noted in conclusion.

“When all demographic and political groups in the U.S. support voter photo IDs and even 46% of Democrats believe that mail-in voting leads to cheating, ignoring Americans’ concerns won’t make the problem go away.”