Saturday, May 1, 2021

Experts Call for Federal Monitors of AZ Election Audit Citing Violations of Voting Laws

Election Security Specialists with Policy Groups are calling for Federal Monitors to Oversee the Arizona Senate's Hand Recount of 2.1 Million Ballots cast in Maricopa County.

Citing Violations of Voting and Election Laws, Representatives of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Protect Democracy, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to Protect Ballots and Prevent Voter Intimidation. "Ballots that are protected under federal law are in imminent danger of being stolen, defaced, or irretrievably damaged, and Arizona citizens are in imminent danger of being subject to unlawful voter intimidation," the Four Security Specialists wrote in the April 29th Letter.

The Senate and Private Contractors hired to Conduct the Recount Failed to Ensure the Physical Security of Ballots by keeping Doors Unlocked and allowing Unauthorized Persons to Access the Ballot Storage Facility at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Specialists wrote. "We believe that the Senate and its agents ... are violating their duty under federal law to retain and preserve ballots cast in a federal election," the Specialists wrote. "They also risk compromising the integrity of the ballots themselves, using materials and technologies that will cause the ballot paper and marks to deteriorate."

The Letter to the DOJ was signed by: Wendy Weiser and Hannah Klain at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; Wade Henderson, CEO at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Genevieve Nadeau, counsel at Protect Democracy. The Letter is addressed to Chris Herren, Chief of the Voting Section of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division.

The Election Wpecialists warned that Cyber Ninjas, the Florida Firm hired to Lead the $150,000 Audit, planned toKknock on the Doors of Maricopa County Voters and Collect Information related to Voter History. "We are concerned ... the Senate and its agents are preparing to engage in conduct that will constitute unlawful voter intimidation in violation of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws," the Election Specialists wrote.

Cyber Ninjas Founder, Doug Logan, is a Trump Supporter who has pushed Unfounded Election Fraud Claims as part of the "Stop the Steal" movement. But former Arizona State Lawmaker, Anthony Kern, who stumped at "Stop the Steal" Rallies and was at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6th Insurrection, has been been helping to Count Ballots for the Audit. The Arizona Republic has twice Documented Kern's Activities at the coliseum since the Audit began eight days ago.

About 100,000 Ballots had been counted as of Wednesday, when Officials gave the last Audit Update. The Audit is Scheduled to end May 14th, but Senate Liaison, Ken Bennett, indicated it could be Extended. Whatever the outcome, the Audit will Not Change Eelection Results, that the State Recounted Three times and Certified by Gov. Doug Ducey, the Secretary of State, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

President Biden and Vice President Harris carried Arizona by 10,457 Votes.

County Officials Hand-Counted a Statistically Significant Sampling of Ballots and conducted Two Logic and Accuracy Tests of Voting Machines. The State Audits showed Votes were Counted with 100% Accuracy.

Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, reiterated concerns Friday about the Reliability of the Audit and noted that it took a Court Order to force Cyber Ninjas to Release its Audit Procedures, which the Company maintained were Proprietary. "It should not be a surprise that a company that has neither election experience nor auditing experience is not following some of the basic industry standards and best practices," Hobbs said in a statement.

With the Supreme Court Rejecting Claims of Voter Fraud, the First Judge was Wrong to Start the Audut, and the Second Judge was Wrong to Continue it.

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