By Duncan Smith
Well, so much for that.
It’s been months now and Senate Republicans in Arizona are coming to the end of their highly anticipated audit of 2.1 million ballots ‘cast’ in Maricopa County during last year’s presidential election.
We know a few things already:
— Donald Trump only ‘lost’ by about 11,000 votes
— Joe Biden didn’t win the other ‘battleground states’ legitimately because those states unconstitutionally changed their voting rules and laws, citing ‘concern about COVID’
— There have already been many discrepancies found in the Arizona audit.
So — shouldn’t Arizonans expect that if proven fraud was found their 11 electors were fraudulently certified and thus ineligible?
Nope. At least, not according to Karen Fann, Arizona state Senate president.
The Epoch Times reports:
Arizona Senate Majority Leader Karen Fann, a Republican, said the state Senate doesn't have the ability to recall electors for the Nov. 3 election, after a fellow Republican lawmaker called for new elections.
Fann told One America News Network (OANN), which has been covering the audit of Maricopa County, that the upper chamber has the ability to provide auditors with the materials they need—including via using subpoenas—but the certification of electors is a different matter.
'The Senate body—we do not have the authority to do that. So, this is what we have said, and I want to make this very clear on the record,' the Republican state leader said on Friday.
It came as former President Donald Trump issued a statement declaring that the audit revealed there were irregularities and fraud that would have swayed the election in his favor last year. On July 15, the Senate held a hearing in the midst of a months-long review carried out by Florida-based tech firm Cyber Ninjas, and teams told lawmakers they discovered discrepancies.
Doug Logan, the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, told senators that auditors couldn't find any record of Maricopa County sending some 74,000 mail-in ballots and also discovered that around 18,000 people voted but were taken off voter rolls 'soon after the election.' He added that there were '11,326 people who were not on the voter rolls on Nov. 7, 2020, but appeared on the rolls on Dec. 4, 2020, and 3,981 people who voted after registering after Oct. 15, 2020.'
Some Republican senators want an entirely new election.
'A new election must be conducted. Arizona's electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right,' Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican, wrote in a pair of Twitter posts last week.
But that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, either.
So why, exactly, did state Senate Republicans in Arizona conduct this audit?
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