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Governor-Elect Youngkin should order an audit of the vote. He should announce this intention YESTERDAY.
I saw or heard this suggestion somewhere, with a comment about how fun it would be to watch Democrat heads explode. Yes, they would be frustrated. But this is deeper than that, too.
Democrats are naturally opposed to all election audits, unless they have cars full of ballots ready to be dumped into the audit. One reason the Democrats are more allergic to audits now than ever before is they just stole the Presidential election in broad daylight. Democrats would be forced to OPPOSE an audit for an election that they just lost, or else present a divided response to audits. Their current position is NEVER, because it supports their defense of clearly fraudulent and un-auditable elections in key states, etc.
Imagine the spectacle of Republican Governor Youngkin auditing the election which gained him the office, and Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam refusing to get on board. And if Youngkin announces it now-ish, while Northam is still governor, the spectacle gets that much better.
But spectacle is just the enjoyable part. The effective part is advancing the idea that elections MUST be auditable or they are invalid. It is unacceptable that many jurisdictions are able to simply destroy their chain of evidence and thereby are never held accountable. The failure to provide evidence, or the destruction of evidence should be all the cueing a court needs to invalidate an election. Running things poorly should get people fired or even jailed — not make them irreplaceable.
Republicans are absolutely ready to stand by audits of any election anywhere.Published in