Just days before the votes for Maricopa County, Arizona were to be turned over to honest auditors for examination, there were shredded ballots found in a dumpster and now preliminary results say those ballots were from the 2020 election.
But, why would they be in the dumpster? Could they have been Trump votes that were replaced by Maricopa County officials by ballots showing votes for Joe Biden? It is possible.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) have gotten themselves into a mess. First, they refused to allow an audit of their ballots and voting machines, and then the board hired companies who specialize in clearing Dominion Voting machines, and now they are being forced to turn it all over to auditors hired by the Arizona State Senate.
Now the shredded ballots in the dumpster.
USA Today came out with a report about the audits recently performed in Maricopa County Arizona. The report notes:
The county hired outside auditors to try to show the county’s election was fair, but many who have doubts about its integrity are calling the effort a charade, even before the findings are announced.
“The two audits they have are a joke,” state Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, said Feb. 8 on the Senate floor. “They aren’t meant to find fraud, even if there is fraud.”
Senate Republicans want to do their own audit, including a hand count of about 26% of mail-in ballots — something that the county’s new audit does not do.
The USA reports that previously Arizona performed the following ‘audit’:
The county followed a rigorous auditing process after the 2020 general election, much of which is required under state law. That includes:
- County officials reviewed and released statistics about the ballots cast and counted, such as the number of overvotes and the number of ballots that weren’t counted because they were postmarked late. No irregularities were found there, compared with prior elections.
- The county conducted a postelection logic and accuracy test on voting machines, as state law requires. That test verified that the machines counted votes properly.
- And it did a hand count of ballots. State law requires bipartisan teams to review a statistically significant number of ballots, checking how voters marked ballots with the way the machine reads the votes. If problems are found, it triggers a larger count. The hand count in each county must include ballots from at least 2% of vote centers or precincts, and 5,000 mail-in ballots or 1% of mail-in ballots, whichever is less.
- It will be interesting to see what an honest audit turns up.
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Author: Steven Ahle
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