The Arizona Audit, or commonly referred to as America’s Audit, has become one of the most controversial electoral topics in US History, reason being is that an electoral audit of this kind has never been done before.
The media’s obsession of reaffirming the electoral results of last year’s election hasn’t been of any help. As a matter of fact, it has caused more curiousity of whether our elections are transparent.
Not to mention the fact that the mainstream media and big tech has played a major role in being the accomplice, from hiding the true election results, censoring and shaming reports of fraud, their narratives of “pro-democracy” (even though they accuse the audit as being a threat to democracy) and now their refusal to report a grand scale audit of 2 million plus votes. Of course, the list goes on.
After November 3rd, the months passed and the claims of electoral and voter fraud, violation of protocols, and illegal changes to voting laws, etc. were ignored or dismissed by many state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court with the case Texas v. Pennsylvania
Specifically in Arizona, Dr. Kelli Ward, the Chairwoman of the AZ Republican Party filed a lawsuit questioning the signature verification of mail-in ballots and the duplication process election officials used to count ballots the machines could not read.
This lawsuit was eventually dismissed by not only Judge Randall Warner, of the Maricopa County Superior Court but also denied by the Arizona Supreme Court when Dr. Ward appealed. Both judges agreed that Dr. Ward failed to present any evidence of misconduct or illegal votes.
Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, of the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed the election results after this ultimatum.
On that same day, Attorney Sidney Powell filed a lawsuit against Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, alleging massive electoral fraud involving Dominion Voting Systems, seeking to have election results decertified and voting machines seized for analysis.
That lawsuit was also dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa, saying the lawsuit is based on theories that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs conspired with foreign and domestic companies to manipulate the results.
“The various affidavits and expert reports are largely based on anonymous witnesses, hearsay, and irrelevant analysis of unrelated elections.”
Judge Humetewa also said “To give plaintiffs the relief they desire would disenfranchise the nearly 3.4 million Arizonans that voted in the 2020 General Election.”
This eventually led to plan B.
In the Arizona State Senate, Republicans filed subpoenas demanding Maricopa county’s 2.1 million ballots, voting machines and voter information.
On January 12, a subpoena was filed asking for:
- All original paper ballots.
- Digital copies of all mail-in ballots cast.
- All ballot tabulation and processing equipment.
- Software for voting machines and election management system.
- Hardware such as thumb drives used to transfer votes from machines to servers.
- Election reports.
- Voter rolls, and personal information about voters and their voting history.
The county did not want to provide private voter’s information, tabulation equipment, and original paper ballots. They were also claiming that multiple audits were already performed using equipment.
AZ Senate President, Karen Fann, a Republican, expressed that she appreciates the supervisors have audited the ballots, but still requests that a hand counted audit be done.
This led to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fire back, challeging these subpoenas on trial, claiming that an audit would threaten the privacy of voters
After a month long feud between the AZ State Senate and the Maricopa Supervisors a trial was held on February 26.
Judge Timothy Thomason found that Arizona State Senate has the authority to issue subpoenas and that their reasoning behind these subpoenas are valid, to see if any changes could be made to state law to protect the integrity of Arizona voters.
Jack Sellers, the Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed to fully cooperate with the Arizona State Senate providing all necessary materials.
That later turns out not to be true as the AZ Senate is still in need of answers.
The AZ Senate began to prepare for the major audit, on April 14, the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum was selected as the official site. They also hired the cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas, led by Doug Logan and computer forensics firm Cyfir, led by Ben Cotton to conduct the forensic analysis of hardware, software and data. With the hiring and training of volunteers, the audit began.
During the beginning of the feud with Maricopa Supervisors, Ken Bennett, a former Secretary of State, contacting Sen. Fann offering if he could help out. Sen. Fann accepted his request and was assigned as Senate Liason and now he is also the AZ Audit Director.
John Brakey is the Director of AUDIT Elections USA, and was assigned as the Assistant Liason. He describes himself as a Progressive Democrat who has experience in elections, and knows very much about electoral fraud.
Mr. Brakey claimed in an open press conference that the Maricopa Supervisors did not conduct any audits, and that this particular audit will answer many questions about the different types of possible fraud.
Google temporarily censored their application form to work as a volunteer. Now, the link is open and if you would like to sign up, just click here.
When the coast seemed clear, the Arizona Democrats and one Maricopa Supervisor, Steve Gallardo together filed a lawsuit against Senate President Karen Fann, Sen. Warren Peterson, Senate Liason Ken Benett and Cyber Ninjas.
This lawsuit asked for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injuction stopping the audit and recounts. They claimed that the audit would cause “irreparable harm to the integrity of Arizona elections”
Steve Gallardo said in tweet back then that the lawsuit is to “protect the sanctity of the ballots and to preserve voter’s privacy from a sham audit, corrupted by agitators and conspiracy theorists”
On April 23, Judge Christopher Coury ordered a temporary pause on the audit and that AZ Dems must pay $1 million bond to cover any expenses due to the halt. But later, the Democrats did not agree to pay that bond and so the audit continued and a follow up session was held April 26.
On that same day, SoS Katie Hobbs sent a letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate potential violations of Arizona law over the audit. Later, AG Brnovich said Hobbs provided no facts to warrant an investigation, but affirmed that any valid complaints will be investigated.
“Any such complaints, however, must be based on credible facts and not conjecture of politics,” AG Brnovich responded to Hobbs’ letter.
On Monday, April 26, Judge Daniel Martin, of the Maricopa County Superior Court found that the AZ Democrats did not provide substantive evidence of any breaches or threatened breaches of voter privacy.
Fortunately, this lawsuit ended in a settlement agreement, signed by all parties on May 4th.
This agreement consists in:
- Allowing independent election experts to observe the audit
- take proper measures to secure private voter information
- Audit policies and procedures must be published publicly
But that was not enough for Democrat Katie Hobbs, as she began a full tirade, smear campaign accusing the audit of being a threat to democracy. She has been on multiple appearances on MSNBC and other media allies, and continues to this day causing discord about one of the world’s most secure election audits in history.
On April 24, Audit officials found out that Katie Hobbs paid an “election expert” named Ryan Macias to impersonate as a reporter to get to the ballot floor, and on April 30, officials discovered a reporter named Ryan Randazzo posted a picture on Twitter, violating the agreement. He was escorted out.
However, after this agreement, Katie Hobbs designated Ryan Macias, Jennifer Morrell and Elizabeth Howard; who works for The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program as SoS Observers.
On May 1st, half of the voting machines were returned to the county after capturing all data.
Forensic analysis of data began.
On May 3rd, a server rack was added to handle the hundreds of terabytes of data being collected, including security and accountability video feeds.
On May 5th, Pamela Karlan from the DOJ Civil Rights Division sent a letter to Senate President Karen Fann, expressing concerns of canvassing voters, asking for their information like voter registration and voting records, could violate federal laws of voter intimidation. Even though an agreement was already made addressing those concerns.
On May 7th, Karen Fann responded, “With respect to voter canvassing, the Senate determined several weeks ago that it would indefinitely defer that component of the audit,”
On May 12, Senate President Karen Fann wrote a letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors after audit officials found significant discrepancies between the number of ballots and the batch reports in the boxes.
Eligible voters: 2,595,272
Number of votes: 2,089,563
They also found many other errors.
The letter consisted in three parts:
- Ongoing Non-Compliance with the Legislative Subpoenas
- Chain Custody and Ballot Organization Anomalies
- Deleted Databases
On May 18, a Special Meeting was held in the AZ Senate led by Sen. Karen Fann and Sen. Warren Petersen to demand answers from the Maricopa Supervisors, but they were not present.
Doug Logan from Cyber Ninjas, Senate Liason Ken Bennett, and Ben Cotton from CyFir were present during the hearing.
Ben Cotton stated: “My testimony on May 19th before the AZ Senate is being taken out of context by some media outlets. To confirm: the “Databases” directory on the EMS Primary Server WAS deleted containing the voting databases. I was able to recover the deleted databases through forensic data recovery processes. We are performing data continuity checks to ensure that the recovered databases are usable.”
It looks like to this day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has not helped much throughout this major audit.
On June 1st, a Pennsylvania Legislative Delegation consisting of State Senators Doug Mastriano and Chris Dush, and State Rep. Rob Kauffman visited the Arizona Capitol to meet with members of the Legislature to tour the audit facility and have an informative conference.
On June 11, Georgia lawmakers also visited the audit facility and had a briefing with AZ State Senator Sonny Borrelli.
On that same day, Attorney General Merrick Garland gave a speech at the Department of Justice announcing that the Civil Rights Division will be supplemented with lawyers and staffers assigned to “protect the right to vote”
AG Garland also said that the DOJ will be revising current voting laws to determine whether they negatively impact minorities.
“Particularly concerning in this regard are several studies showing that, in some jurisdictions, non-white voters must wait in line substantially longer than white voters to cast their ballots,” he said.
The AG also expressed his concerns about the audit:
“Many of the justifications proffered in support of these post-election audits and restrictions on voting, have relied on assertions of material vote fraud in the 2020 election that have been refuted by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of both this administration and the previous one, as well as by every court — federal and state — that has considered them.”
On June 14, Arizona AG Mark Brnovich responded back with a letter, claiming that each state has its sovereignty from government overreach, as it is written in the U.S. Constitution.
During the last few days, many legislative delegations have been visiting the audit facility and receiving briefings or holding meetings with members of the Arizona State Senate.
Which is why it is now starting to be called America’s Audit.
The State Delegations include:
Many Arizona GOP lawmakers have also visited the audit facility.
According to their official Twitter, the Maricopa Arizona Audit finally finished hand counting all paper ballots on June 25th. An official report will be published soon demonstrating if there are any signs of fraud or anomalies.
The forensic analysis of hardware, software and data still continues, and there will most likely be another report demonstrating that aspect of the audit too.
That part will also be very interesting…
Patrick Byrne who was the CEO of Overstock.com, a few months ago created an organization to promote civic engagement called The America Project, who has contributed much to the Fund the Audit effort.
Christina Bobb from One America News, who helped raise $150,000 and with Chanel Rion created voicesandvotes.org, to help fund the audit efforts across the states.
If you would like to view the Arizona Audit livestream, click here.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more content from The Provident Times!