These Tweets Show Why Sean Hannity Is Dead Wrong About Election Fraud in Philly

Here’s why it shouldn’t be so hard to believe that in 2012, across 59 Philly voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes.

Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity. | Photo by Rick Scuteri/AP

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. | Photo by Rick Scuteri/AP

After conservative political commentator Sean Hannity offhandedly suggested on Twitter that something dubious had happened in the 2012 election in Philadelphia because not a single person in 59 voting divisions voted for Mitt Romney, a city elections inspector took it upon himself to publicly lay out all the reasons why Hannity is probably wrong.

Hannity’s statement follows his interview with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has claimed that the upcoming election is “going to be rigged,” just as he has fallen widely behind Hillary Clinton in the polls.

It’s true that 59 of the city’s 1,687 voting divisions received not one Romney vote in 2012, while President Barack Obama received 19,605 votes. Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University in 2012, told the Inquirer that the results shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Big cities tend to hold a majority of Democratic voters, Rodden said, “and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia.”

Still, some (like Hannity) saw the numbers and were immediately suspicious. But Ryan Godfrey of West Philly, an Independent inspector of elections, took to Twitter to break down exactly why it would be so hard to commit electoral fraud:

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