Lawmakers from Several States Come to Arizona to See Election Audit | Phoenix | Maricopa | Katie hobbs

Legislators from several states have recently visited the election audit taking place in the largest county in Arizona. They currently have more visits planned.

Delegations from Pennsylvania, Georgia and Alaska visited the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the audit is taking place in Phoenix. Michael McDonald, the chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, went to the scene to see what was happening, as did other Colorado Republicans. Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase, a Republican, is expected to visit the audit on Thursday.

“It’s just a revolving door,” Ken Bennett, former Arizona secretary of state, told The Epoch Times.

Bennett is the Arizona Senate liaison for the audit.

Legislators who visited the audit were shown how workers are hand-counting the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County last year, as well as evaluating the paper for anomalies, such as mailed ballots that they have no folds. They learned about audit procedures such as how ballots are examined and chain of custody processes. Many said they hoped to take what they learned to their states and order a similar audit there.

“We have a lot of the same unresolved concerns and issues in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano, a Republican, told The Epoch Times, noting that numerous constituents have told him they want an audit to be conducted to address their concerns. about fraud.

“When you have about 47 percent of the state’s population questioning the reliability of the elections, that’s the point of your problem. So the only way I can see to put an end to all this – and let the letters fall into place – is to do a forensic science audit, like the one Arizona is doing, ”he added, referring to the poll numbers.

The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee, supported by Senate Speaker Karen Fann, spoke last year about Maricopa County’s ballots and other election materials. Following a court battle, which ended with a judge declaring the subpoenas valid, the teams hired by the Senate received the materials at the Coliseum in mid-April before beginning their work.

The Arizona Democratic Party has refused to participate in the audit, because of a manual count by the county of nearly 5,000 ballots that showed no discrepancies and a forensic audit, which found no problems, ordered by the county to the team of ballot tabulation. An attempt to block the party’s audit failed in April, eventually leading to a settlement agreement. County officials, mostly Republicans, called for an end to the audit last month, upset that auditors said they found a database from an electoral machine had been removed.

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who has not responded to requests for comment, has repeatedly criticized the audit, claiming crucial protocols are not being followed and expressing concern that lawmakers in other states may be inspired by the Arizona audit.

“Arizona should lead the nation, but not like this,” he tweeted this week about other states seeking an Arizona-style audit.

Fann, who did not return a request for comment, told him on NPR last month that he has been in contact with senators from other states about problems they have had related to the elections. He noted that many of his constituents are wondering about the integrity of the 2020 elections.

“I don’t care if you’re in Arizona or any state in the nation. If we have such questions, we owe it to them to answer your question. This will be the standard, ”he said.

Doug Mastriano, Republican member of the Pennsylvania Senate, speaks at a rally on the National Mall in Washington on December 12, 2020. (Samira Bouaou / The Epoch Times)

Pennsylvania is considering using the authority of the Senate, controlled by the Republican Party, to conduct an audit of at least one county, although the timeline for such a process remains unclear. A senior Republican leader told The Epoch Times that he supports an audit. Mastriano hopes to audit a Republican county and a Democratic county. I would recommend using the same companies that are auditing in Arizona, including Cyber ​​Ninjas which is based in Florida.

“I am interested in the companies that participated just because they know how to do it and the steep learning curve they had. The forensic audit taking place here is unprecedented, ”he said.

Cyber ​​Ninjas’ attorneys said in a court docket in April that the firm “has already done similar work with respect to an audit conducted in Antrim County, Michigan, and hopes to have similar business opportunities to do that work for other governments in the whole country”.

McDonald, the chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, lives in a state where the legislature is controlled by Democrats, who have recently shown little interest in examining the election results. He believes there is a path to an audit outside of the legislature, but declined to provide details.

“I’ll have an answer for that probably on Friday,” he told The Epoch Times.

The party has a team of lawyers dealing with the matter. “We intend to take and analyze all the legal options that we have to conduct an audit here to Nevada,” McDonald said, adding that he was impressed with what he saw in Phoenix.

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The Nevada Republican Party submitted nearly 123,000 records supporting the fraud allegations, which equates to nearly 4,000 unique allegations of violation of electoral integrity, the office of Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, said earlier. of this year.

Cegavske said that an investigation into the allegations found “no evidentiary support for the claim that the 2020 general election was plagued by widespread electoral fraud.”

A closer look at the letter in which the announcement was made revealed that Cegavske and his office did not investigate many of the allegations or dismiss them through statistical analysis, rather than a review of each of the allegations made.

“I think at best they investigated three to four percent of the complaints we filed. So at that point I knew that we basically had to find a way to handle this, that we really have a voice. We are not going to let this go, ”McDonald said.

Alaska Rep. David Eastman, a Republican, was one of Arizona’s visitors this week. He told the Anchorage Daily News he hoped to find out if the information uncovered by the audit could be used to improve elections in Alaska.

“I am grateful for the efforts that Arizona is making to increase confidence in their elections and I hope that we can increase the confidence that Alaskans have in our elections as well,” he said.

Contractors who work for Cyber ​​Ninjas, a company that was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount the 2020 general election ballots, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 1, 2021. ( Courtney Pedroza / Getty Images)

Georgia Senators Brandon Beach and Burt Jones, both from the Republican Party, paid a visit with Eastman to the audit.

Beach said during an appearance on Real America’s Voice that she wants an independent audit to take place in Georgia, but she doesn’t think there will be enough support in the state Senate.

“We don’t have the power because we are not going to get 29 senators to sign a petition to call a special session, but I think if the evidence shows what we think it will show, I think it will force Governor Brian Kemp to consider a special session to get there. to the truth, to get to the truth of what happened, “he said before the trip.

Former Georgia Representative Vernon Jones, who switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in January, went to the colosseum Wednesday as part of his claim to Kemp to order an audit.

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As Kemp “sits behind the golden doors of the Governor’s Mansion, I am in Arizona today meeting with those on the front lines of the effort to restore the integrity of our elections,” said Jones, who is challenging Kemp from the right. , On twitter.

Kemp has said he does not have the authority to order an audit, while Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, has noted that multiple recount or audits were conducted after the 2020 election.

It is not clear who from Colorado came to see the audit that is being done in Arizona. Along with the planned tour in Virginia, it is reported that there will soon be a delegation from Wisconsin visiting her. Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Has also stopped by.

Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican running for secretary of state, said he spent time with several lawmakers who have come to Maricopa County and all have said the trip and time was worth it.

“Election integrity is a priority in every community in the United States. Many state delegates have shown interest in auditing to ensure a future with fraud free elections and I am very pleased that Arizona is leading the way, ”he said on Twitter. “All states should come here because unsafe elections are indeed a national security threat worth fixing.”

“We’re getting a lot of impressive feedback on QA and procedures, and things that are being done in the audit, so I’m happy with that, of course,” added Bennett, the Arizona Senate liaison.

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