Phoenix Home Prices Experience Nation’s Biggest Price Spike in September

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(The Center Square) – Even though they already are at historic highs, home prices in the Valley are increasing faster than in any other market in America.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller Home Price Index from September showed Phoenix home sale prices increased more than 33% from September 2020.

Of the 20 major metropolitan markets the index tracks, no other city increased as much in the report, which was released Tuesday. The next-highest annual percentage increase was Tampa Bay at 27.7%

“Phoenix home prices continued to grow at the fastest pace among the 20 cities reported by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI for 27th consecutive month, up 33.1% in September,” CoreLogic Deputy Chief Economist Selma Hepp said.

Despite the price increase, home value acceleration slowed, which is likely welcome news for homebuyers that consistently find themselves in bidding wars for homes.

“Nevertheless, as with a majority of other metros, Phoenix home price growth is slowing, and September annual gains are slightly lower than 33.3% reported in August,” Hepp said. “In terms of gains reported between August and September, relatively larger slowing was recorded among lower priced homes which suggests that affordability concerns are setting in given the rapid price appreciation seen in the region for the past several years.”

The median home value in Phoenix in November was more than $383,000, according to Zillow. One year prior, the median value was $295,000.

Phoenix wasn’t alone in the month-over-month slowing of inflation, Hepp said.

“After 14 consecutive months of acceleration, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index finally took a turn, with the national index up 19.5% year over year, down from the 19.8% increase the month prior,” she said. “While housing market activity is experiencing a typical seasonal slowdown, home buyer demand remains strong and continues to push total home purchases above pre-pandemic levels, resulting in another month of close to 20% annual gains in home prices.”

Hepp stressed while activity continues to outperform pre-pandemic levels, there are encouraging signs of a national slowing of home price increases, which she called a welcomed return to more sustainable balance between buyers and sellers.

“There is still low availability of for-sale homes, which continues to drive price growth, but the competition has faded and assuaged some of the bidding war intensity. Overall, home price growth is likely to continue slowing over the next year,’ she said.

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Phoenix City Council Could Shoot Down COVID Vaccination Mandate

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Members of the Phoenix City Council are demanding a vote on a previous decision to adhere to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

In response to City Manager Jeff Barton’s decision the city is considered a federal contractor and must adhere to Biden’s mandate, Councilwoman Ann O’Brien wrote Mayor Kate Gallego to demand the council has a say on the matter.

The mayor agreed with O’Brien and added the issue for consideration at a future meeting.

“I am not anti-vaccine; I am anti-mandates,” O’Brien said in her Nov. 24 announcement. “I am pro-personal choice and I believe that Phoenix employees will do the right thing and make decisions that are right for them and their families.”

Barton used the significant amount of federal dollars the city received to justify the decision to implement the Jan. 18 vaccination deadline.

“Due to the number of federal contracts held by the city of Phoenix, we are considered a federal contractor,” a letter from Barton read. “As such, all city employees are subject to the provisions outlined in the Executive Order, which requires all employees, regardless of telework status or if you previously tested positive for COVID-19, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation.”

In reaction to Barton’s edict, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association Local 493 (UPFA) joined Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s lawsuit against Biden’s vaccination mandate. The addition of the unions expanded the legal challenge to include federal contractors.

Unless the federal contractors or employees prevail in their legal challenge to Biden’s mandate, vaccination holdouts among the city’s 13,000 workers – including police and firefighters – who do not receive an exemption face suspension and eventual termination. 

In a Nov. 22 letter to Barton, Councilman Sal DiCiccio warned the mandate would lead to a severe worker shortage that could put residents in danger.

“The decision will compromise vital city-wide services to our residents, including public safety, which this Council has been aware of the alarming crime data and how the city is struggling to hire and retain personnel,” DiCiccio wrote.

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This article was published on November 29, 2021, and is reproduced with permission from The Center Square.

Scottsdale School Board Chair Under Investigation For Parent Dossier

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Calls for Jann-Michael Greenburg to resign are growing as the district and local police department look into allegations the school board chair was involved with an online dossier on district parents.

Officials with the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) announced Friday they would find an independent investigator to look into whether Greenburg or his father, Michael, utilized school resources in compiling an online repository of parents who have protested the district’s COVID-19 mitigation rules.

Superintendent Scott Menzel said in a letter the cloud storage files containing background information on protesting parents allegedly were created and maintained by Greenburg’s father. The younger Greenburg allegedly shared the information, the letter said. Greenburg has not admitted to any involvement in the dossier.

The Scottsdale Police Department said Friday it had opened up an investigation into the allegations against Greenburg.

“The Scottsdale Police Department is aware of the allegations against Scottsdale Unified School District President Jann-Michael Greenburg,” the department said in a release. “We are conducting an investigation into the matter and will report our findings once it is complete.”

The investigations come as a growing chorus of parents and public officials in the community call on Greenburg to resign his elected position as the school board head.

“The parents and community members targeted in the Drive appear to be anyone who has spoken out against our district publicly or online,” said Amy Carney, a Scottsdale parent and member of the Arizona Coalition of School Board Members, in a Monday release. “It is unacceptable for our elected officials to be creating files on people for exercising their constitutional right to free speech.”

The coalition has gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition demanding Greenburg resign. SUSD previously said it could not terminate an elected official.

The school board has scheduled an emergency meeting for 6 p.m. Monday and has included “Adoption of Consideration for Resignation of Jann-Michael Greenburg” as one of its action items.

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Arizona School Boards Accused of Stalking Activist Parents

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Editors’ Note: As we see the spread of “tiny tyrants” and the abuse of liberty by local officials, it is worth exploring where this attitude originated. Besides coming from the universities that have become bastions of intolerance, the attitude of the Federal Government cannot be dismissed. The constant rhetoric coming from the Biden administration and from the Justice Department is that Americans who feel elections have not been fair, that Covid restrictions overreach without making logical sense, and those that oppose socialism are “white nationalists”, “domestic terrorists”, and “science deniers”, has been unrelenting. Once you dehumanize your political opponents, all sorts of awful things logically flow from that attitude. This constant fear-mongering from the Left that demonizes anyone who opposes them, is unlikely to stop. It has always been a part of Leftism. But it can be contained, and those that use such tactics can be removed from office.

 

Arizona school district officials are accused of taking some controversial steps to keep tabs, even intimidate, parents unhappy with COVID-19 mandates.

Scottsdale Unified School District, one of the state’s largest, sent a letter Wednesday to parents, assuring them private student data is not accessible by its school board members.

“We want to assure you in no uncertain terms that personal student information and educational records are private and protected in district-maintained, secure information systems to which neither Board members nor the public have access,” the letter read. “Any student information the Board may receive is in relation to discipline cases under its consideration, and that information is provided to the Board by the district’s legal counsel.”

The memo stems from an uproar over SUSD Board Chair Jann-Michael Greenburg’s father being implicated in compiling an extensive online database containing information on his son’s political enemies, namely parents who had been showing up at board meetings and protesting the district’s COVID-19 measures.

The story was originally reported in the Scottsdale Independent.

The database, which has been removed from the public eye, contained pictures of parents, some of their children, copies of parents’ professional certifications, mortgage information, and other private data.

State officials from the Scottsdale community have since joined parents in petitioning for Greenburg’s removal from the board, though it’s unclear he was involved with curating the information.

“As a Scottsdale parent and member of the community, I am calling for the resignation of Jann-Michael Greenburg,” said state Rep. Joseph Chaplik, R-Scottsdale. “The evidence of his cyberstalking and spreading of an enemies list should be the last straw for his fellow board members, and I expect them to join me in this call.”

State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, a Scottsdale Republican who is running for Arizona Secretary of State, said she signed onto a letter from SUSD parents demanding Greenburg step down.

“We stand together in requesting the immediate termination of Jann-Michael Greenburg as SUSD Governing Board President, and we further demand his resignation as an SUSD Governing Board Member,” the letter read.

In the letter to parents, SUSD said there was nothing the district could do to remove an elected board member.

SUSD isn’t the only district with board members accused of taking controversial steps to keep tabs on protesting parents.

Emails obtained by activist Peggy McClain show members of Chandler Unified School District’s board and district officials working with a school resource officer and sergeant with the Chandler Police Department to monitor social media posts from parents involved in groups that have protested district meetings. The emails were sent in May, according to copies McClain posted online.

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Scottsdale Unified Assures Parents Of Privacy In Aftermath Of Secret Dossier Discovery, Parents Call For Greenburg Resignation

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The Scottsdale Unified School District’s administration is scrambling to do damage control after a group of mothers discovered Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg had access to a Google Drive full of personal information, documents, and photos of about 47 people, including children.

An email sent out Wednesday evening by the SUSD’s Communications Office sought to assure families that their personal and educational data is safe. However, the district also solely blamed the discovered digital dossier* site on Mark Greenburg, the father of Jann-Michael Greenburg.

The damage control appears to be too little too late for many parents in the Scottsdale Unified School District, including Amy Carney, a mother of six, who is among those calling for Greenburg to step down.

“I am calling for the immediate resignation of our board president Jann-Michael Greenburg. We cannot allow anyone in a leadership position to secretly compile personal documents and information on moms and dads who have dared speak out publicly or on social media about their grievances with the district,’ said Carney, who is running for a seat on the Scottsdale Governing Board in November 2022.

Even though Mark Greenburg is listed as the Google Drive owner, records from an Aug. 17 special SUSD board meeting show Jann-Michael admitted sharing a computer with Mark. With Mark and Jann-Michael sharing a computer and a home, there is no way to know which of them has been uploading files (now known as the “G Files”) to the drive, according to concerned parents.

In addition, some parents say that despite Jann-Michael’s denial of involvement with the dossier, they believe there appears to be evidence that Jann-Michael has complete knowledge of the Google Drive files and had shared some of its contents in an effort to intimidate SUSD parents. Parents are calling that an “unacceptable abuse of power.”…..

*Because of the personal and sensitive information it contains, AZ Free News is not posting the dossier at this time.

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Arizona Senate President Warns State Could Take Control of Maricopa Election After Audit Red Flags

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“If we find that you are breaking the laws, and you can’t do the election yourself, then maybe the state ought to step in and do it,” said Karen Fann.

Following the release of explosive findings by an independent forensic audit of the 2020 election in Arizona’s Maricopa County, the state may step in to assume direct control of election administration there before the next election, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann hinted Friday.

The long-awaited results of an outside audit of the county’s 2020 election process were announced Sept. 24. While confirming the rough accuracy of county vote tabulation giving Joe Biden a razor-thin victory in Arizona, the auditors flagged more than 50,000 suspect ballots for further investigation of issues ranging from people voting from addresses from which they had already moved to residents voting twice.

The number of problematic ballots uncovered was almost five times Biden’s official margin of victory.

Responsibility for determining whether and to what extent laws were broken during the 2020 election now rests with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican with 2022 Senate aspirations.

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What the Arizona Audit Really Shows—and Why Election Officials Should Be Embarrassed

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Critics of the forensic audit of Maricopa County, Arizona—including local election officials and many reporters—who are crowing that the audit confirms that President Joe Biden won the election in Arizona, either don’t understand the purpose of an audit or are trying to deliberately obscure the most worrying findings in the audit.

In fact, by concentrating on only one finding—that the hand recount essentially matched the machine count from last November—they are missing the forest for the trees. That is shown by misleading headlines such as that in the Washington Post: “Ariz. Ballot Report Affirms Biden Win and Lack of Fraud.”

No one doubts that the vote tabulation shows that Biden won the state. The fact, however, that the hand recount essentially matched the machine count from last November comes as no surprise to anyone with experience in election administration.

As a former county election official in two different states, I was involved in multiple recounts. Recounts almost always only show slight differences from the original ballot tabulation. The fact that the hand recount in Maricopa County matched the machine recount simply means that the computer scanners used to scan and tabulate paper ballots were working properly.

However, the key point all of the critics of the audit are missing is that a recount simply recounts the ballots that were cast–a recount does not investigate, examine, or review the legitimacy of those ballots.

A recount does not verify or check whether ballots were cast by registered voters who are actually deceased; who do not actually live where they claim to live; who cast multiple votes because they are registered more than once; or who are not entitled to vote even though they are registered because they are not U.S. citizens or are felons who have not yet had their right to vote restored.

A simple example illustrates this problem. If a homeowners’ association has an election and the new president wins with 51 out of 100 votes, a recount will no doubt confirm that she received 51 votes. But it will not reveal whether 10 of her 51 votes were cast by individuals who falsely claimed to live in the neighborhood when they actually live elsewhere.

Volume III of the Maricopa audit lists some disturbing findings. That includes 23,344 “mail-in ballots voted from a prior address;” 9,041 “more ballots returned by voter than received;” 5,295 “voters that potentially voted in multiple counties;” 2,592 “more duplicates than original ballots;” and 2,382 “in-person voters who had moved out of Maricopa County.”

Numerous other problems are listed, such as voters whose ballots were counted despite the fact that they registered to vote after the state deadline for registration had already passed.

These are serious potential problems that should be investigated by election officials with the involvement of law enforcement. For example, the individual voter files of the 5,295 “voters that potentially voted in multiple counties” should be pulled, and each voter should be investigated to determine if they have multiple registrations and, in fact, illegally cast more than one vote in the 2020 election.

In other words, all of the potential problems that the auditors found ought to be investigated to verify what actually happened in each case with each of these voters. That is the only way to determine whether there were 5,295 double votes cast in the election or whether some or none of these voters were, in fact, double registered. This claim might be found to be valid—on the other hand, an in-depth investigation might find that there is no validity to this claim or any of the other claims.

Contrary to what some seem to believe, the purpose of an audit is not to overturn an election. It is too late to do so. Every state has election laws that provide very short deadlines for a losing candidate to contest the outcome of an election. That deadline has long expired in Arizona and every other state.

Instead, audits are intended to determine whether voting machines worked properly; whether applicable state and federal laws and regulations were followed; whether the voter registration list was accurate and up-to-date and only allowed eligible individuals to vote; and whether all eligible voters were able to vote, that their vote was properly counted and that their votes were not voided or nullified by fraud, mistakes, or errors.

The results of such an election audit can then be used to correct any compliance issues, to prosecute anyone who engaged in intentional misconduct that violates state or federal election laws, to change election administration procedures that led to errors and mistakes by election officials, and to provide legislators with the information they need to make needed amendments to election laws to make sure any problems that were found do not reoccur in future elections.

What is most disturbing about the reaction to the audit report is that so many seem to think that this is the end of the review process since the hand recount showed that Biden won and, thus, nothing else needs to be done. This attitude is especially disturbing in Maricopa County election officials, who from the very start have done everything they could to obstruct the audit and who are now claiming that since their “canvass” was accurate, they don’t need to do anything else.

That attitude is wrong. The audit seems to have revealed that sloppy, careless, and chaotic procedures were utilized in Maricopa County during the last election. Officials, there have a duty to not only investigate all of the potential problems the audit found, such as potential multiple registrations by the same individual but to correct their procedures and implement better training for their election workers to ensure that such problems if confirmed, do not happen again.

Arizona law enforcement also has an obligation to investigate. Casting multiple ballots in the same election is a crime, as is registering and voting where you don’t actually reside. Failure of state election and law enforcement officials to fulfill their duties to investigate will reflect poorly on them.

Finally, opposing the conduct of election audits is unwise and unjustified. Audits are a routine occurrence in the business world for good reason. Conducting random or comprehensive audits after an election in every state should also be routine.

Contrary to the bizarre claim of election officials in Harris County, Texas, that audits are “an attack by officials on our communities’ trust in elections,” audits are a way of protecting voters, ensuring the security of the election process, and improving the confidence of the public in the integrity of elections.

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This article was published on September 30, 2021, and is reproduced with permission from The Daily Signal.

Phoenix To Use Federal Funding for Universal Basic Income Pilot

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One thousand lucky Phoenix families will get $1,000 in taxpayer funding a month in 2022.

The Phoenix City Council has approved $12 million for a “Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Program,” a lottery-based form of universal basic income that will begin in January 2022 if not sooner.

The program, which has yet to be finalized, will send approximately 1,000 families a monthly stipend of $1,000 for all of 2022. According to a city document, the funds would be limited toward “basic household necessities” such as housing, childcare, food and other staples.

The city would load money onto a debit card that wouldn’t allow the purchase of a list of forbidden items like alcohol and tobacco.

All low-income families making up to 80% of the area median income – a sliding scale that would be just over $63,000 for a family of four – would be eligible. A representative of the city said in the Tuesday session that anyone on public assistance, in public housing, or receiving public housing vouchers would qualify.

“We’ve seen a lot of cities across the country doing this direct assistance and I’m glad that we’ll be joining them in giving money to folks,” Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia said. “It’s not just for rent or utilities, but if they do have child care needs, if they do have to get medicine, whatever it is, I think people know best what their needs are.”

The program is paid for by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The city received $196 million this year and will receive another $196 million next year.

City documents say staff would recommend continuing this program with the second payout of ARPA funds in 2023.

Council members Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio voted against the measure.

Phoenix joins a handful of other cities to test out the premise of universal basic income. California’s most recent budget includes $35 million to pay for a similar program. The cities of Los Angeles, Compton and Richmond, Virginia, have approved similar programs.

The city of Chicago is considering a similar program.

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This article was published on September 23, 2021, and is reproduced with permission from The Center Square.

6 Takeaways From Findings of Arizona Election Audit

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The Arizona Senate’s audit of election results in the state’s most populous county has affirmed Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump last November to win Arizona’s 11 electoral votes. 

However, the election audit in Maricopa County did find procedural problems such as duplication of ballots and potential for fraud. Auditors recommended that the state address these issues to avoid questions in future elections. 

The state Senate released the findings during a hearing Friday afternoon, but the 110-page, three-volume draft of the election review first was reported late Thursday by The Arizona Republic.

Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, the chief contractor, and Virginia-based CyFIR, a subcontractor, began the forensic audit in April.

In some ways, the audit proved as controversial as the disputed presidential election. But it potentially closes a chapter in one of the most closely contested states.

In official results in November, Biden got 1.67 million votes in Arizona, or 49.4%, to win the state’s 11 electoral votes with just over 10,000 votes more than Trump out of more than 3.3 million cast. Trump got 1.66 million votes in Arizona, or 49.1%, according to the official results.  

Those results flipped the long-time red state to blue for the first time since 1996.

Here are six big takeaways from the audit’s findings.

1. Final Tally

The bottom line of Cyber Ninjas’ election audit is that it confirms Biden’s victory in Maricopa County.

The draft report shows Biden won 1,040,873 votes in Maricopa County, 99 more votes than last year’s certified ballot count showed. By contrast, Trump lost 261 votes, dropping from 995,665 to 995,404.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, leader of the Republican majority, previously had said she didn’t anticipate the audit would find widespread fraud and that it couldn’t change the certified outcome.

“As you know, somebody leaked one of the draft reports out over the last 24 [to] 48 hours. It was a draft report, so I can tell you that is not entirely what’s in the final report,” Fann said Friday at the hearing.

The draft report notes that the audit findings generally were close to the initial ballot count by Maricopa County officials.

“On the positive side, there were no substantial differences between the hand count of the ballots provided and the official canvass results for the county,” the draft audit report said. “This is an important finding because of concerns ahead of the audit.”

Fann compared the audit’s factual findings to partisan attacks on the audit by Democrats, including Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who runs elections in Arizona.

“What was also leaked, the first thing that is out there, said that ‘Oh look, the ballot counts were close to what Maricopa County reported.’ And that is a true statement,” Fann said Friday, adding:

They were close. Now I find it ironic that our secretary of state [Hobbs] and a few others have called this a sham audit, that you can’t trust it, you can’t believe it. Well, the interesting fact is that truth is truth. Numbers are numbers. We said that from Day One. What you are going to see is the truth. Those numbers were close, within a few hundred [votes].

Some critics had faulted Cyber Ninjas because the company wasn’t certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission for auditing elections and because its CEO, Doug Logan, had tweeted his suspicions about the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

However, the cybersecurity company’s review of 2.1 million ballots did not produce a favorable outcome for Trump, who has insisted the election was rigged in multiple states that he lost. 

Trump and some Republican supporters have pushed for similar forensic audits of the voting in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, also close battleground states that Biden won by relatively tight margins.

Arizona was a key state in the general election. In February, a Washington Post analysis found that flipping about 43,000 votes across Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin could have changed the Electoral College outcome that gave Biden the presidency over Trump.

The audit also confirmed the victory of Mark Kelly, a Democrat, over incumbent Martha McSally, a Republican, in the state’s U.S. Senate race.  

2. Problematic Findings

Fann, president of the state Senate, said the heavy media coverage of the draft audit report didn’t include some core points.

“What you have not seen and not heard yet, which is what you are going to hear right now, is about the statutes that were broken, how the chain of custody [for ballots] was not followed, how we had a number of issues, which is why people questioned the ballots in the elections,” she said.

Logan, the Cyber Ninjas CEO, delivered a PowerPoint presentation that said the audit found:

  • As many as 5,047 individuals voted in more than one county, for up to 5,295 additional votes.
  • 393 voters cast ballots using incomplete names.
  • 198 individuals who registered after the Oct. 15 deadline voted anyway.
  • 2,861 voters shared a registration number with another voter.
  • 282 votes appeared to be cast in the names of dead voters.
  • 186 voters appeared to have duplicate voter IDs, both of which were presented at separate times.

Auditors also raised concerns about potential duplicate voters, with names and birth years appearing more than once on some ballots.

Shiva Ayyadurai, an engineer, made a separate PowerPoint presentation Friday to explain the duplication and signature issues. A former Republican political candidate in Arizona, Ayyadurai was hired by Cyber Ninjas because of his training in pattern recognition.

The audit found a total of 34,448 duplicate ballots cast by 17,126 unique voters. But Maricopa County reported no duplicate ballots in its canvass report.

3. What Trump Had to Say

Trump issued two statements ahead of the official release of the Arizona audit report that focused on the shortcomings of election procedures and sharply criticized conclusions that Biden won the state.

“Huge findings in Arizona! However, the Fake News Media is already trying to ‘call it’ again for Biden before actually looking at the facts—just like they did in November! The audit has uncovered significant and undeniable evidence of FRAUD!” the 45th president said in his first statement Friday, adding:

Until we know how and why this happened, our Elections will never be secure. This is a major criminal event and should be investigated by the Attorney General immediately. … I have heard it is far different than that being reported by the Fake News Media.

Trump’s follow-up statement later Friday focused on fraudulent votes, which he said were at least four times larger than the margin of Biden’s victory.

“The Fake News is lying about the Arizona audit report! The leaked report conclusively shows there were enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes, and fake votes to change the outcome of the election 4 or 5 times over,” Trump said in the public statement, adding:

The number includes 23,344 mail-in ballots, despite the person no longer living at that address. Phantom voters! The official canvass does not even match who voted, off by 11,592—more than the entire Presidential Election margin.

Voters who voted in multiple counties totaled 10,342, and 2,382 ballots came from people who no longer lived in Maricopa County. There were also 2,592 ‘more duplicate ballots than original ballots.’ Just those fraudulent ballots alone total 50,252, and is fraud many more times than the so-called margin of ‘victory,’ which was only 10,457.

In addition, election data appears to have been intentionally deleted, and ballot images were ‘corrupt or missing.’ This is not even the whole state of Arizona, but only Maricopa County. It would only get worse!

There is fraud and cheating in Arizona and it must be criminally investigated!

After the hearing convened, Trump issued a third statement, saying:

CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and other Lamestream Media are feeding large-scale misinformation to the public about the Arizona Audit. The Audit was a big win for democracy and a big win for us. Shows how corrupt the Election was. Arizona State Senate hearing going on now and the information about what took place is terrible—a bigger Scam even than anticipated!

Trump released three more statements on this topic Friday evening within 10 minutes. In his sixth statement, Trump promised that he would have more to say when he speaks in another closely contested state.

“I will be discussing the winning results of the Arizona Forensic Audit, which will show 44,000 possibly illegal ballots cast, tomorrow at the Great State of Georgia rally, which will be packed!” Trump said.

4. Maricopa’s Victory Lap

Maricopa County officials pronounced vindication in the audit’s final conclusion, but still expressed concerns with some of the findings. 

“You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew—the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General—did, in fact, win,” Maricopa County Board Chairman Jack Sellers, a Republican and the county’s top elected official, said late Thursday in a public statement.

“This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters,” Sellers said. “That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.”

The election audit pitted officials of the Republican-run county against the Republican leadership of the state Senate.

In a series of statements Thursday, Maricopa County’s official Twitter account asserted: “Cyber Ninjas confirms the county’s canvass of the 2020 General Election was accurate and the candidates certified as the winners did, in fact, win.”

The county also tweeted: “Unfortunately, the report is also littered with errors & faulty conclusions about how Maricopa County conducted the 2020 General Election.”

Finally, it said: “Board members & election officials will pay close attention to what is said at Friday’s scheduled Senate hearing & share facts as needed.”

5. How Much It Cost and Who Paid

The Maricopa County election audit wasn’t cheap, but Arizona taxpayers didn’t have to foot the entire bill because Trump supporters donated to the effort.

The Arizona Senate will pay $150,000 to Cyber Ninjas and also about $60,000 for security and $50,000 for analysis of ballot envelopes, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Maricopa County also has sued the state to replace voting machines used in the audit, saying it would cost the county $2.8 million to replace the machines.

Most of the money that paid for Cyber Ninjas’ audit—$5.7 million—came from private donors, the Journal reported. 

“The accusation is that because it was paid for by outside sources it is automatically dubious or cannot be trusted because of the potential desire of the auditors to do what the funders want,” Cyber Ninjas spokesman Rod Thomson told the Journal.

“But how is that logic any different from the government paying for an audit of a government-run election?” Thomson asked. “In that case, you have the same potential desire for auditors to do what the government funders want, because you want to be hired again.”

6. Biden White House’s View

A reporter asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday whether the White House had any comment on the audit’s findings that Biden actually won more votes in Arizona and Trump won fewer.

“It confirmed what we have all known for some time and what millions and millions of people in the country know,” Psaki said.

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This article was published on September 24 ,2021, and is reproduced with permission from The Daily Signal.

Arizona Audit Flags Thousands Of Suspect Ballots, Kicking Issue To State’s Attorney General

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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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