Dear ill-informed (and just plain nasty) readers: There already WAS an election audit
Opinion: A thorough, professional, bipartisan and transparent audit of Maricopa County election votes had been done shortly after the November vote.
In the past day or two I’ve heard from a number of readers upset with me for calling the sham election audit going on at the State Fairgrounds a sham election audit.
Sorry. Truth hurts.
Many of these individuals also appear to be unaware (or were unwilling to admit) that a thorough, professional, bipartisan and transparent audit of Maricopa County election votes had been done shortly after the November vote. It was a real thing. It was in the news.
Still, I received missives like:
“What the hell is wrong with an audit of the vote? It should have been done right after the election for God's sake. If there is nothing to hide then what are you worried about comrade? You are a complete clown!!!!”
And, “EJ, don’t you want fair elections? Let the audit happen since Biden won fair and square, right? What are they afraid of?”
And, “You piece of (expletive)… . All of you liberal lying (expletives) should once and for all wake up and realize the people of Arizona know that the election was stolen from them by the liberal socialist (expletives).”
GOP county recorder livestreamed his audit
As my dear friend, the late, great Clay Thompson would say, “People, people, people.”
The Maricopa County Recorder’s office is run by a Republican named Stephen Richer, who won his election at the same time Donald Trump lost his.
Following that election, with all the unfounded accusations floating around, Richer took steps to make sure that the 2020 election had been completely and correctly on the up and up.
He explained it all in a report that you are free to read in full. It’s on his website. Again, this made the news.
For example, of the technology used in the election, Richer wrote in part:
“We designed an analysis that enlisted two highly professional elections technology companies – neither of which has any employees previously employed by Dominion, and neither of which has any contracts with Dominion – to do everything needed to:
- Analyze hacking vulnerabilities of both the tabulation hardware and software.
- Verify that no malware had been installed to the tabulators.
- Determine if the tabulators had connected to the internet at any point before, during, or after the election.
- Assess if any vote switching had occurred as a result of the tabulators.
“The assessment took almost three weeks. The entire process was livestreamed, and we had representatives from the Arizona House, the Arizona Senate, and the Secretary of State’s Office in regular attendance.”
Machines are clean, how about ballots?
Interesting, since it was the Republican-controlled Senate that instituted the sham audit.
Because they couldn’t handle the truth.
Richer wrote, “The auditors found no problems with the equipment, no manipulation of the software code, no malware, and no connection to the internet. This finding is consistent with the battery of tests that the tabulation equipment underwent prior to, and after, the November election.”
OK. What about a hand count?
Richer writes, “Most importantly, the county performed a hand count audit in the days after November 3. To do this, the county had many teams of bipartisan volunteers – all appointed and provided by the political parties – hand count approximately 47,000 votes. The results as determined by those bipartisan volunteers were then compared with how the machines tabulated the same votes. They matched 100%.”
So, the Republicans who initiated the sham audit were there for the real one. And again, they just couldn’t handle the truth.
Reward for honesty - death threats
He believes in the sacrosanctity of his work – that an honest vote count is the heart of our democracy.
He wrote, “I can say with a very, very high degree of confidence that the tabulators accurately counted the 2.1 million ballots cast in the November 2020 election in Maricopa County, and that the tabulators did not manipulate the vote total in any manner.”
He is truthful and direct.
And, like so many other elected officials who demonstrate those rare traits, he has received death threats.
Reach Montini at email@example.com.
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