By all accounts, the Arizona election "audit" has failed - months after its first deadline, potentially in violation of federal law and riddled with errors.
Therefore, it is not knownrealizing that auditors are fighting to protect their data operation public record requests and to hide their donors . Still, one way or another, the review has inspired imitators across the country.
A Republican lawmaker from Pennsylvania recently threatened three counties with a subpoena if they did not turn in their voting machines, computer system logs and voter personal information, a move that would have the support of senior party officials .
Meanwhile, the Texas Republicansare trying to pass a bill that would be force an audit of the November 2020 elections, starting November 1, 2021 and continuing through 2022.
These lawmakers are clearly hoping to win political capital by pushing a popular myth among Republicans - but will these bogus audits eventually backfire?
On the one hand, it's C This is an easy way to continue fueling the hysteria about the 2020 election, especially since all but the most loyal Trump supporters end up losing interest and moving on.
And when it comes to disinformation, these reviews offer a nearly bottomless pit. For example, an auditor in Arizona hasrecently asserted found "74,243 mail-in ballots for which there is no clear record of being sent [to voters].
In fact, the 'team failed to account for in-person early voting, which one expert called a "glaring omission from the analysis " which was either "grossly negligent " or " deliberately misleading ". However, as a political theater, the movement was successful, generating tweets and a written statement from the former president.
Nevertheless, this strategy is cumbersome. In Arizona, the Republican-controlled supervisory board almost did anything is possible to withstand scrutiny, and it's easy to see why. After going through a pandemic and facing the target hostile crowds , these officials were then accused at best of incompetence and at worst of complicity in a large conspiracy.
Already, the two Republican-controlled Pennsylvania counties have declared that 'they would not voluntarily comply with the request, and while election administrators do not have the same platform as major politicians, it is not a good idea to intimidate other Republicans into performing an audit will almost certainly t do not reveal any fraud , as was the case recently in Michigan.
On some level, it is clear that politicians know this. In February, the Arizona Senate attempted to shut down the Maricopa County Supervisory Board but failed after a defected .
Additionally, Maricopa County announced last month that it would not use most of the machines used in the exam, that Arizona's secretary of state had previously threatened to withdraw certification due to potential safety risks - once again demonstrating that actions have consequences.
So Republicans outside of Arizona go beyond political positions and actually carry more false opinions? Maybe, and at their own risk.
Today 's post was written by Spenser Mestel, a survey employee and journalist with his own voting rights newsletter .
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