So far, one million of the 2.1 million ballots cast in the Maricopa County, Arizona November 2020 presidential election have been examined in the Arizona state Senate-commissioned forensic audit. In other words, the Senators are likely getting a sense of whether the original election results will be upheld or if, as many Republicans believe, fraud occurred.
Unlike the cherry-picked leaks to the press we grew accustomed to during the Mueller investigation and Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry, we’re not hearing about what the auditors are finding. Occasional interviews with audit director Ken Bennett and periodic updates from Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward tell us only about its progress and the latest attempts by the Democrats to end it.
Which leaves us trying to read the tea leaves.
On Friday, The Washington Examiner reported that the state Senate is considering a second “recount that would be entirely electronic, running digital images of ballots through a program to count all votes cast for every race on the county’s ballot, according to the Arizona Republic. Bennett told the outlet they are considering a California-based election transparency nonprofit group called Citizens Oversight for the job, and the results from both audits could be compared to one another.” (Note: The Arizona Republic article is locked behind a paywall.)
The Examiner reported:
Citizens Oversight founder Ray Lutz, 63, told the Arizona Republic this week his group has never been commissioned to audit an election, adding that the technology being pitched for the process has never been used for an official audit.
“I would say absolutely this is a grand test,” Lutz told the Arizona Republic. “I think it is certainly a big test for me because I have put a lot of work on it for the last year and a half or so. We have enhanced it to the point now where I believe we can do a lot to provide information about how well (this election) went.”
The second recount would not disrupt the current audit at the coliseum … because it would use digital images of each ballot
Why would the Senators deem a second audit necessary? Either the current audit is validating the original election results that were certified by the state of Arizona on November 30 or the team is finding evidence of foul play.
As I see it, if the ballots examined so far appeared to affirm the original results, they would simply complete the audit, announce that the election had been conducted freely and fairly and that President Joe Biden was the true winner.
If, on the other hand, the audit is revealing fraud on a scale large enough to overturn the election, the state Senators are well aware their conclusions will be intensely scrutinized and attacked by Democrats. Knowing that litigation would immediately follow, and riots and mayhem would erupt throughout the U.S., they would want to make their case as solid as possible.
Given the significance of the outcome, the state Senators are wise to verify the accuracy of their results with a second audit.
Considering that Biden won the state by only 10,457 votes, or 0.4 percent of the over 3.3 million cast, it wouldn’t take much to tip the state into President Donald Trump’s column.
If Trump were to prevail in Arizona, he would still remain seriously behind in the electoral vote count. The original result was 306 to 232. If Arizona turned red, the count would be 295 to 243.
However, if Arizona Republicans can prove decisively that fraud occurred in their election, other swing states would immediately embark on forensic audits.
An audit is currently underway in Georgia where numerous election irregularities have been alleged. Reportedly, a sample of 950 mail-in military ballots miraculously showed Biden had won 100 percent of them. I posted about that here: Crazytime: 950 Military Ballots in Georgia Audit Sample – 100 Percent Went to Biden.
If the Georgia election were overturned, the electoral vote margin would become 279 to 259.
There have been credible allegations of fraud in many other swing states won narrowly by Biden such as Pennsylvania, which has 19 electoral votes, Michigan with 15, Wisconsin 10, Nevada 6, and New Hampshire 4.
I’m not saying it would be easy to overturn the election. The litigation would likely last until the next presidential election.
I think we all need to brace ourselves for the possibility that the Maricopa County audit could very well turn up evidence of election fraud.
If this happens, the unrest that would surely follow could dwarf the George Floyd riots of last summer.