Democrats have left no stone unturned in their campaign to end the Arizona state Senate’s comprehensive forensic audit of all ballots cast in Maricopa County during the November presidential election. Following months of obstruction via bogus lawsuits and a full court press from heavyweight Washington lawyer Marc Elias (who commissioned the Steele dossier) and his many minions, influential Democrat-run organizations appealed to the DOJ late last week. Their efforts have born fruit. According to ABC 15, the DOJ has decided “to get involved in some capacity” in the matter.
This latest move smacks of desperation and leaves many Republicans wondering what has the Democrats running scared.
The DOJ Civil Rights Division’s (Principle Deputy Assistant Attorney General) Pamela Karlan wrote a letter to Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate, on Wednesday to express their concerns about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from this forensic audit. (The letter can be viewed by clicking on the tweet below.)
Karlan writes that she is concerned about “potential noncompliance with federal laws enforced by the Department.”
The first issue involves “reports suggesting that the ballots, election systems, and election materials that are subject of the Maricopa County audit are no longer under the ultimate control of state and local election officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors at an insecure facility, and are at risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed.”
The other concern has to do with measures the lead audit company, Cyber Ninjas, is taking “to identify voter registrations that did not make sense.” This includes knocking on doors to confirm if individuals actually live at these addresses.
Karlan worries this “may constitute intimidation of persons for voting or attempting to vote.”
Frankly, I’m impressed to hear they are knocking on doors. That tells me this is a serious audit. The Senate Republicans are going to great lengths to ensure that fraud did not occur.
#BREAKING the DOJ Civil Rights Division has sent a letter to Senator Fann raising concerns over how the #azaudit is being conducted.
1. Election assets are not under the control of election officials.
2. Reports of door to door canvassing. pic.twitter.com/OaCWvyAM57
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) May 6, 2021
Perhaps the most egregious, hypocritical and ironic statement concerning this audit was the reaction from Tammy Patrick, an advisor to the George Soros connected Democracy Fund, to the Cyber Ninjas’ requirement that audit volunteers sign non-disclosure agreements.
According to ABC15, the NDA states that “observers must agree to keep information detailing what they saw and experienced while present to themselves unless given permission by the company.”
Patrick told ABC15: “The very heart of being an observer is to be able to watch, to observe, to take that information and to share it with others.” Most def Tammy.
Patrick needs to remember first that this is an audit which is very different from the counting of votes on Election Day.
Second, we all remember how cooperative the Democrats were in allowing Republican election observers “to watch, to observe, to take that information and to share it with others” in November.
Last Thursday, The Conservative Treehouse reported: “After the Democrat Secretary of State failed to get the [Republican] Arizona State Attorney General to initiate an investigation of the audit; and after a Democrat state judge rejected the Democrat effort for a temporary restraining order; and after all other efforts have failed … Now we see three outside left-wing election groups (claiming bipartisanship yet led by lawyers from NYU) asking the DOJ to intervene in the Maricopa County, Arizona, ballot audit.”
The eight-page letter to the DOJ from the three groups, The Brennan Center, Protect Democracy and The Leadership Conference, can be viewed here.
The Hill reported the story from a different perspective:
“A group of election security and administration experts are asking the Justice Department to send federal monitors to Arizona. … Five elections experts from the Brennan Center for Justice, Protect Democracy and The Leadership Conference expressed deep concerns about how the audit is being conducted, warning that it has put ballots ‘in danger of being stolen, defaced, or irretrievably damaged.'”
“‘They failed to ensure the physical security of ballots by keeping doors unlocked and allowing unauthorized persons to access the ballot storage facility,’ the letter reads. ‘They also risk compromising the integrity of the ballots themselves, using materials and technologies that will cause the ballot paper and marks to deteriorate, such as holding ballots to ultra-violet light without gloves.'”
When news of the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County ballots first arose, I had very little confidence in it. But as I hear more, I believe they are conducting a very serious review that just might uncover some important evidence.
After reading an excellent article about ballot security on the American Free News Network on Tuesday, I asked writer Martin Knight what he thought of the Maricopa audit. He replied, “I feared the Maricopa Audit was failure theater – like Brian Kemp’s “Signature Audit” in GA – at first. Now that they’ve confirmed that they are looking at inks, I am cautiously optimistic. … Of course, if I had my way, it would be a nationwide operation covering PA, GA, MI, NV and WI as well.”
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