A new data analysis suggests the sharp drop in votes in the lieutenant governor’s election last year may be connected to the race of voters. The finding raised more questions about the results of the down-ballot contest in which Republican Geoff Duncan handily defeated Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. Compared to the governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, about 160,000 fewer votes were cast in the lieutenant governor’s contest, while just 82,000 fewer votes were cast in the attorney general’s contest.
There’s no clear evidence to suggest a problem with the vote count, but it’s virtually impossible to prove that vote totals in Georgia are accurate, because the state’s voting system lacks a paper trail that can be audited.
Chris Brill has been analyzing the results for the Coalition for Good Governance, an organization that advocates for paper ballots, which is challenging the results of the lieutenant governor’s election.
A judge threw out the challenge last month, but the Coalition says it plans to appeal. Amico is not challenging the election results.