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As you may know, the Arizona Senate has commenced an “audit” of the last presidential and senatorial vote results here in Maricopa County. This has Democrats howling; they have continuously opposed any recounts in the courts. Thus far, these legal actions have been of little consequence and the audit continues.
Democrat allies in the local press daily report on voter suppression and partisanship and attempt to discredit the auditors and in advance, any findings.
All the while, everyone knows that the election results are final and can not be changed. And the press, Democrats even some Republicans, (alas, our Governor) continually claim that there is nothing to see here, all is fine, go away.
But, sorry, there is likely something to see here and this audit will likely find it.
The main audit process is just a manual recount of actual marked ballots (not facsimiles). If this recount significantly differs from reported results, we have a problem. But the “audit” portion of the review seems to be the most vexing to Democrats. They sued to find out exactly what the auditors had planned and received some relief. For example, ballots are being examined under special lights. Evidence of folds, for example, will be evidence that an early, mail-in ballot was actually mailed. Fingerprints will indicate whether or not it was handled. And actual vote marks can be scrutinized to see whether they were applied manually or mechanically. No doubt this audit evidence will not change any result, but if there are many ballots lacking fingerprints, folds, and showing mechanical marks (especially if only the national races are marked), then the election results will be very difficult to defend. Worse, this will likely result in a deep distrust of the election process. Hardened process controls will have to be implemented for future elections.
In addition, the audit will include procedures meant to verify voter rolls. The election day voter signature verification process in Maricopa county is electronic and there is much to review there that, again, can’t be used to alter the results but which may point to fraud. For example, auditors could verify voter addresses, especially those with multiple voters, to see if they represent actual residences. If they do, they could further visit those addresses to verify residents. Auditors will likely scrutinize voter lists against pre-vote death statistics. A process could be designed to scrutinize voters who were registered, but who had never voted before. These voters may be canvassed to ensure that they actually voted in the last election. There are multitudes of audit procedures here that could uncover evidence of voter fraud.
And last of all, the actual vote accumulation machines can be scrutinized for any number of issues. I assume that ballots are maintained by machine, so hand counts can be compared to machine results. The audit will also likely be able to verify definitively that the Dominion voting machines were not tampered with, were never online, and that the accumulation software worked appropriately.
I expect that this audit will find significant issues and evidence of fraud. This will change nothing and the auditors will be vilified in the press as partisans and incompetent. But remember, this is an audit commenced on behalf of the Arizona Senate. It will result in a significant tightening of the controls over election reporting, voter registration, voter list maintenance and scrutiny, and early voting. Democrats will continue to cry “voter suppression” but it will be for naught.
Hopefully, this will lead to model legislation that can be adopted around the country.Published in