As Attorney General Mark Brnovich vows full probe, Democrats cheer findings while a key Trump lawyer calls for decertifying Arizona’s election results.
Editors’ Note: The release of the audit information to the Arizona State Senate and the public is a mixed bag. Democrats have seized upon one part of the presentation, and that is that the hand count performed by the auditors did not differ markedly from the announced election count. Hence, Biden won and the whole process was useless. See, we told you so.
While that is true, few expected the results to reverse the election, if even such a thing is possible.
What the audit did find are numerous errors. To keep your head clear on this you must distinguish between the counting of votes and the issue of what votes are being counted. A forensic audit is not just a recount. It is additionally an examination of the votes being counted. For example, if you count 10 votes of dead voters twice, and come up with the same number, that does not mean the election was fine. You should not be counting dead voters in the first place. A correct tabulation of illegal votes is not an honest election.
Trump supporters have seized on that part of the presentation that indicates errors were sufficient in number that are likely five or six times the number of votes that gave Mr. Biden his margin of victory in Maricopa County alone.
Finally, it is clear the forensic audit process could not be fully analyzed and completed because the Maricopa Board of Supervisors did not cooperate nor did Dominion, the firm that sold the counting machines. Now it is in the hands of the Arizona Attorney General.
Below is what we feel is an objective article that appeared in Just The News.
Long-awaited and engulfed in controversy from start to finish, the Arizona Senate’s election audit gave America a split decision while leaving the question of whether illicit ballots were improperly cast or counted to the state’s attorney general.
The audit released Friday afternoon through painstakingly technical testimony concluded the final count of votes in the state’s largest county of Maricopa showing President Joe Biden won Arizona was accurate, but it also included tens of thousands of ballots that were suspect and require more investigation.
The more than 50,000 ballots flagged by auditors for more investigation involved concerns ranging from people voting from addresses from which they had already moved to residents voting twice. The total in question was nearly five times the 10,400 vote margin that separated the two presidential candidates, giving Donald Trump’s troops fresh reason to call for more scrutiny.
The job of resolving the question now falls to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican who has ambitions of winning a U.S. Senate seat in 2022.
Brnovich immediately seized the opportunity, announcing his office’s election integrity unit would review the questionable ballots to determine if further action was warranted.
“I will take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority,” Brnovich tweeted a short while before the final official audit results were to be released. “Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected.”
Across the country, Republican efforts to audit results in states like Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania got a glimpse of what may be in store politically as well as a roadmap for what issues to review. Democrats and their media allies declared the election integrity issues to be over, while some prominent Republicans called on Arizona to decertify its results.
“There were significant and widespread irregularities and lawlessness in thousands of ballots, sufficient to overcome the margin of difference between Trump and Biden,” said Jenna Ellis, a key lawyer for Trump and chairwoman of the Election Integrity Alliance, which is aiding states in reviewing election issues.
“The 2020 election was irredeemably compromised, and Arizona’s legislature must do now what they failed to do in November — use their plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution and reclaim their delegates by decertifying the results, acknowledging that the certifications were based on incorrect accounting,” Ellis told Just the News. “We are in a constitutional crisis that demands accountability for the American People and election justice.”
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