Be careful, Arizona Republicans. The DOJ just made clear your phony election audit is on thin ice.
Washington Post opinion … Jennifer Rubin, columnist
[ Editor’s Note: Maybe I am missing something here, but it seems obvious to me regarding these election audits, that due to the Civil Rights violation concerns, we need to have an independent evaluated ‘show cause’ court process on the front end to prevent partisan state governments from engaging in this abusive behavior again.
And then, if an audit were to proceed, we need official ‘audit watchers’ involved in every step of the process so we don’t end up with the circus we have now in Arizona, where the Trump election abuse machine wants to crank up these audits all across the country.
These audits are a fountain of free publicity and for fundraising. If we don’t get a handle on this during the current 2022 election cycle, we could find this post election audit mess waiting for us every time Republicans lose elections.
These election audits are actually a bigger threat to the country than January 6th, as that was a just one day event. The chaos of election fraud reporting 365 days per year obviously serves the minority party now, and if the Repubs were to gain power, they would want to stop doing audits ‘for the good of the country’.
We have to win this fight now…as the odds go down the longer it keeps running. Cross your fingers that the federal judges can save us, and in a timely fashion.
As for revenge, think conspiracy charges, that this scam was dreamed up with more than a few people involved, where we need to look for insiders who can testify to that… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … July 29, 2021
The Justice Department stepped up its visibility on the enforcement of voting rights on Wednesday, issuing new guidance on efforts by Republicans to curb access to the ballot and to stage phony election audits.
…In a swipe at the unprofessional audit underway in Maricopa County, Ariz., the department stated: “Where election records leave the control of elections officials, the systems for maintaining the security, integrity and chain of custody of those records can easily be broken.”
It added that the “risk of the records being lost, stolen, altered, compromised, or destroyed . . . is exacerbated if the election records are given to private actors who have neither experience nor expertise in handling such records and who are unfamiliar with the obligations imposed by federal law.”
The department also made clear it is prepared to enforce criminal penalties for violation of these document retention requirements. That is clearly a shot across the bow of the Arizona Republicans, who have allowed an inexperienced outfit led by conspiracy theorists to rifle through ballots and despoil voting machines.
Further, the department warned against various forms of voting intimidation that violate federal law, again signaling that phony GOP audits, especially Arizona’s, are on thin ice.