“We’re trying to make sure that we go through the certification process, the risk limiting audit process and the anticipated recount. But prospects are iffy, with Democrats opposing anything they see as limiting access to voting and Republicans signaling that they want to strengthen voter ID requirements. The state Senate and its consultants have physical possession of nearly 2.1 million November election ballots, meaning that Arizona election officials are no longer “retaining election audit and preserving” Election Audit ballots. The 2.1 million ballots cast in the general Election Audit are being delivered today. Their auditors have also been accused of failing to properly secure ballots or instilling a consistent procedure for ensuring their results are valid. The documents pointed to some obvious departures from Arizona’s procedures for auditing election results. According to a Jan. 11 press release, a bipartisan group of officials started the first step of the process, which involves using a random number, generated by rolling 20 ten-sided dice, to plug into the auditing software to randomly select ballots that will be pulled from any one of Michigan’s 1,520 local election jurisdictions and hand-reviewed.
As a result of those court battles, we now know that while the private auditing team had no apparent standards for evaluating how the ballots should actually be counted, once they got to the actual counting part, they did spend considerable time gaming out what would be done if antifa attacked the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in an attempt to ruin their counting efforts. Auditors also took a range of other steps to sort out what was behind the problems in the Windham state representative race. Harri Hursti, a data security expert, hacker and the founding partner of Nordic Innovation Labs, said state election audits he was involved with in California and Ohio had narrower scopes, cost $2 million each and took about three months. Another Cyber Ninjas document revealed security plans for the coliseum where the audit is being performed. No. Regardless of whatever ballot count is announced or conclusions Cyber Ninjas reaches in regard to the voting machines, the official results of the election and the allocation of the state’s 11 electoral votes will not change. Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, who has a history of posting unsubstantiated claims of election fraud online, initially said he expected the hand count to take 16 days and to provide a full report in 60 days.
Anyone denying the existence of voter fraud in the U.S. U.S. Rep Doug Collins, who is running Trump’s Georgia recount effort, has traded barbs on social media with the secretary of state. In any case, this truly is a ballot “audit” unlike any government-conducted election audit in modern U.S. That meant there were at least 7,500 tally sheets (three per ballot) and possibly 1,000 or more “chain of custody” cover sheets awaiting backup and data-entry verification. At this moment, we are aware that Georgia has more than 330,000 ballots that don’t have their chain of custody documentation. It means the ballots cast are rejected, and then are sent to election personnel who then make a determination as to who the ballots are credited to – or not. Hand counters reviewed ballots at about 20 tables Saturday. Bennett offered no estimate on the number of ballots recounted as of Saturday. Two observers from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office were on the floor watching the process Saturday.
The highest vote-getter for the Democrats, Kristi St. Laurent, who was running for office for the sixth time, fell 24 votes short of winning. The New Hampshire Union Leader mentioned that “critics” seized upon the New Hampshire audit as evidence that the presidential election had been “tainted by inaccurate automated vote tallying,” but the story went on to describe a completely different situation in New Hampshire:On Election Day, Republican Julius Soti finished fourth to take the last of four seats for state representative by 24 votes over Democrat Kristi St. Laurent. Martin told Fox News’ “The Story” Tuesday. The rest of the money would be obtained through a grant or through private funding, Ken Bennett, the former Republican secretary of state who is the Arizona Senate’s liaison for the audit, told The Epoch Times. Fann then hired private firms in March to conduct the review. Cutler has sponsored legislation to establish a bureau of election audits under the auditor general to conduct “result-confirming audits” of future elections, to be completed 18 days after an election. The reason appears to be to test a conspiracy theory that a plane from South Korea delivered counterfeit ballots to the Phoenix airport shortly after the election.