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Republicans Want To Export Arizona's Absurd Election Auditing Practices To Other States.
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Republicans Want To Export Arizona's Absurd Election Auditing Practices To Other States.


The “audit” of Maricopa County 2020 election results by Arizona state Senate Republicans is so unprofessional and illegitimate that many election officials refuse to call it an audit.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.. 

Not all Republicans support the push to continue conducting conspiratorial election reviews, but those behind the Arizona audit, and conservatives seeking to expand them to other states, are capitalizing on a general misunderstanding of how election audits and reviews typically work to promote their own cynical political goals, undermining democracy and American elections in the process.

“The fact of the matter is that in most states, there is already some sort of post-election process in place to ensure the accuracy and fairness of the results before those results are certified,” Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) told Stardia this week. “People screaming for this kind of audit don’t understand how those things work, and the systems that are already in place to ensure that.”

“We can’t keep having people questioning these processes because they don’t like the outcome,” she said.

Independent observers and election officials from both parties and across multiple states have repeatedly stated that the 2020 election was safer, more secure, and more audited than any contest in American history, owing in part to increased reliance on mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.. .Meanwhile, the Arizona audit is being conducted by a firm with no prior experience reviewing elections and has been accused of violating even the most basic auditing standards and practices.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.. .Meanwhile, the Arizona audit is being conducted by a firm with no prior experience reviewing elections and has been accused of violating even the most basic auditing standards and practices..Observers claim that reviewers handled ballots improperly, violated the chain of custody for how ballots should be reviewed, stored, and transported, and potentially jeopardized voting machines and election integrity by having active Wi-Fi connections in the auditing location.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.. .Meanwhile, the Arizona audit is being conducted by a firm with no prior experience reviewing elections and has been accused of violating even the most basic auditing standards and practices..Observers claim that reviewers handled ballots improperly, violated the chain of custody for how ballots should be reviewed, stored, and transported, and potentially jeopardized voting machines and election integrity by having active Wi-Fi connections in the auditing location..It's unclear who's paying for the process, which is a clear violation of election-review transparency standards.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.. .Meanwhile, the Arizona audit is being conducted by a firm with no prior experience reviewing elections and has been accused of violating even the most basic auditing standards and practices..Observers claim that reviewers handled ballots improperly, violated the chain of custody for how ballots should be reviewed, stored, and transported, and potentially jeopardized voting machines and election integrity by having active Wi-Fi connections in the auditing location..It's unclear who's paying for the process, which is a clear violation of election-review transparency standards..Furthermore, it may have compromised Maricopa County's electronic voting machines, potentially costing local taxpayers millions of dollars to replace them.

Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are clamoring for their states to launch their own sham audits, fueled by the same lies about election fraud that underpin the Arizona audit..Another so-called forensic audit, a term unfamiliar to veteran election officials, may soon begin in Georgia's largest county..Florida Representative Embattled.Matt Gaetz (R) visited Arizona last week, hoping to persuade his state, which, unlike the others, was won by former President Donald Trump, and others to follow suit..Other Republicans, including several who intend to run for higher office next year, have also descended on Phoenix.. .Meanwhile, the Arizona audit is being conducted by a firm with no prior experience reviewing elections and has been accused of violating even the most basic auditing standards and practices..Observers claim that reviewers handled ballots improperly, violated the chain of custody for how ballots should be reviewed, stored, and transported, and potentially jeopardized voting machines and election integrity by having active Wi-Fi connections in the auditing location..It's unclear who's paying for the process, which is a clear violation of election-review transparency standards..Furthermore, it may have compromised Maricopa County's electronic voting machines, potentially costing local taxpayers millions of dollars to replace them.. 

“Every day, there’s a new ‘Oh my god, you can’t make this stuff up,'” Hobbs said.

But none of this appears to have swayed the Republican Party's most ardent anti-democratic members; rather, it appears to have made them even more eager to replicate the process.

A Georgia judge authorized an "audit" of 147,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, in late May, but county officials have since sought to prevent the review from taking place.

The claims behind the Fulton County review are no less conspiratorial than those of the Arizona GOP: groups seeking the audit have claimed that Fulton County was home to “10,000 to 20,000 probably false ballots,” after a handful of poll watchers reported that many mail-in ballots appeared Xeroxed rather than filled out by hand.

Both Republican and Democratic election officials have argued that Fulton County's ballots have already been hand recounted, hand audited, and re-scanned since the election, and that none of those standard audit practices revealed any evidence of fraud, let alone enough to overturn Biden's 12,000-vote victory in Georgia.

In Pennsylvania, state Sen. Doug Mastriano and other Republican lawmakers are urging GOP majorities to conduct a similar audit of the state's elections, which Trump won in November. Mastriano, who was present at the Washington, D.C., rally that sparked the U.S. Capitol insurgency on Jan. 6, called the Arizona review "the most comprehensive election audit in the history of the United States" after the audit.

Officials in Pennsylvania have emphasized that the state's elections have already been audited twice, and neither audit found evidence of widespread fraud.

“I know this takes a bit of time and a bit of money – but this is what worked in AZ!” Tami Carlone, the Michigan GOP’s grassroots chair, wrote in a recent email to party delegates, according to the Lansing Journal this week.

The Michigan Bureau of Elections reported in April that more than 250 post-election audits had been conducted across the state, which was more than any previous election.

“The audits are concrete evidence that the November election was fair, secure, and accurate, and that the results reflect the will of Michigan voters,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) in a statement accompanying the audit report.

The Republican Party has coalesced around efforts to restrict voting rights in the aftermath of Trump's election loss, but it is more divided over the push to replicate the Arizona audit: GOP leaders in Pennsylvania have resisted Mastriano's push for a review and stated that no new audits will take place, while Michigan Republican leaders have not fully embraced the idea. (A Michigan state judge last month disqualified Mastriano from conducting the audit.)

Hobbs said the Arizona Senate GOP audit effort caught officials off guard because they had planned for nearly every post-election challenge scenario but didn't have an existing legal or statutory framework for dealing with such an unprecedented and obviously conspiratorial challenge.

“My advice to other states is to fight this from the beginning,” Hobbs said.

There is no chance that the Arizona audit will overturn the results of the state's election, and none that audits will reverse the outcome anywhere else they may take place, but they are clearly meant to undermine faith in American democracy. Election officials say that the Arizona audit will have that effect regardless of the outcome, and no one will have learned much about how elections or audits work.

“This is going to continue to undermine people’s trust in our democracy and our elections, and undermining confidence in our election system is a tool of voter suppression in and of itself,” Hobbs said, adding that it is also a way to justify some of the really terrible laws that we’re seeing that severely hamper and restrict access to voting.

Hobbs is particularly concerned about Republican voters who have believed Trump's reported claims that the Arizona audit will set off a chain reaction culminating in Trump's reinstatement to office in August, a scenario that is not possible — with or without the audits.

“This misinformation is dangerous,” Hobbs said, “and the rhetoric is ramping up in the same way it did after the election.”

However, for many Republicans, the purpose of the audits appears to be to further erode trust in democratic institutions and elections. Several of the conservative lawmakers supporting Arizona-inspired audit pushes are aiming to play an increasingly large role in the party's future, and they believe that mimicking Trump and pushing baseless, anti-democratic conspiracies is the key to their political fortune.

Mastriano is considering a run for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, and has also been mentioned as a possible candidate in next year's GOP primary for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Jones, Georgia's GOP gubernatorial candidate, blasted Kemp this week for not traveling to Arizona and endorsing the state's audit.

The audit's ability to pique the interest of aspirant conservative lawmakers like Mastriano and Jones has raised concerns among election officials that the Arizona audit could pave the way for even more zealous charades to become a regular feature of future elections. They are concerned that normal audits, which are common and follow set procedures based on best practices and state laws, will be replaced.

“Since the 2020 election, we’ve seen local candidates in some states call for a Maricopa-style forensic audit because they don’t believe they lost,” Tammy Patrick, senior adviser at Democracy Fund, said during a recent press call.

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