Politics Arizona secretary of state one of Maricopa audit’s biggest winners, local strategists say

05:26  24 june  2021
05:26  24 june  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The Secretary of State for Arizona says that the audit process for the Maricopa County ballots is completely off the rails and riddled with errors.

Biden also was the first Democrat Presidential candidate to win Maricopa County in 72 years since Harry Truman did in 1948. Biden won Maricopa County, which is approximately 60% of the total vote in the state . But it’ s even worse than that. In 2016, President Trump won Arizona by 91,234 votes according to CNN. Trump too increased his votes by 33% in the state by about 400,000 votes. The only way Biden could beat President Trump in Arizona and in Maricopa county was a miracle or to cheat. That is why the Democrats do not want a valid audit performed in Maricopa County.

As the GOP-led Arizona Senate's 2020 election audit in Maricopa County comes to a close, strategists in the state agree Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs stands to emerge as one of its main benefactors.

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Not quite a household name before the November election, Hobbs barnstormed into the national consciousness by raising the alarm about the audit in recent months, warning democracy itself is at stake. Later, at the beginning of June, she announced a bid for governor in 2022.

Chuck Coughlin, the president and CEO of HighGround Inc., a conservative Arizona-based political consulting firm, told the Washington Examiner the audit “is putting her on the evening news and driving her name ID through the roof with those constituencies that she will need to win a gubernatorial election.”

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The Arizona state Senate audit of the 2020 Maricopa County election results that began on April 23 is winding down. “At our current rate of examining over 100k ballots per day, we will complete the paper examination phase of the audit by Saturday, June 26,” the official Twitter account of the Arizona audit tweeted last week. Establishment media outlets as well as Democratic politicians around the country have continued their non-stop attacks on the audit , which began when the notion of such an audit was first floated in December. Here is a sampling of stories about the Arizona state Senate’ s audit of

Arizona Secretary of State may decertify the election machines used by the county in the 2020 election that were turned over for audit . On Wednesday, the official Twitter account of the Arizona State Senate audit liaison to Maricopa County released this statement from Ben Cotton of Cyfir: 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.


He also noted Hobbs has “no real depth of policy experience,” comparing the outlook for the Democrats on the audit to be as if it’s “like T-ball.”

“Republicans are putting [the ball] on the tee, and [the Democrats are] hitting it out of the park,” Coughlin stated.

Mike Nobel, chief of research and managing partner of OH Predictive Insights, told the Washington Examiner Hobbs has "probably been on CNN and MSNBC more in the last four or five months than she probably ever has been ever."

Before becoming secretary of state in 2019, Hobbs was the minority leader in the Arizona state Senate. She has a master's degree in social work from Arizona State University. In November, Hobbs came under fire for old tweets that said former President Donald Trump was “on the side of the freaking Nazis” and that he had a “neo-Nazi base.”

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Arizona ' s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, in a letter she sent to Bennett this week, said using UV lights, measuring ballot thickness, examining folds, and looking at the makeup of the paper are "completely unnecessary steps if the goal of the audit is to validate the election results." "Though conspiracy theorists are undoubtedly cheering on these types of inspections — and perhaps providing financial support because of their use — they do little other than further marginalize the professionalism and intent of this ' audit ,'" Hobbs added.

To conduct the audit , Arizona Senate Republicans brought in a private Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, whose founder and CEO, Doug Logan, has pushed false claims of fraud in the 2020 election. Numerous Republicans nationwide have followed former President Donald Trump’ s lead in recent months to insist that the election The troubles for Maricopa continued on Thursday, when Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the county may be forced to replace its voting machines due to the potential that they were tampered with after being turned over to the state Senate under subpoena.

Hobbs has been villainized by Republicans in the state. GOP lawmakers have moved to limit the secretary of state's powers by putting Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich in charge of defending all lawsuits through the end of their current terms.

Hobbs announced her bid for governor on June 2, raising more than $1 million in 2021, her campaign announced a week later. About $200,000 of that was raised in the two days after she entered the race. According to Hobbs's team, 80% of those donations came from Arizonans, while the total number of individual contributors exceeded 13,000, according to Hobbs's team.

Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes out of more than 3.3 million across the state. His lead of roughly 2 percentage points was due partly to his advantage in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, where the Democrat got nearly 45,000 more votes than Trump. Roughly 2.1 million ballots were cast in the county.

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The Madness of the Maricopa County Election Audit . This was the third hand count performed by the political parties in 2020 that confirmed the accuracy of Maricopa County’ s tabulation equipment. I say this without any bias or skin in the game. The irony of all of this is that I was merely a candidate Even more troubling than the lack of any election- audit experience are the publicly stated beliefs of

State Senate Democrats say that the audit will amplify baseless claims of voter fraud and diminish public trust in Arizona ’ s election system. A County official and the state Democratic Party argue the recount procedures violate state election laws and pose a security threat. Ken Bennett, Arizona Senate liaison and former Arizona secretary of state , told USA TODAY claims that the audit found 250,000 fraudulent votes were “absolutely not” true. ArizonaAudit.com, the official webpage for the election audit , does not include any such announcement.

State Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican who is spearheading the review, has said the audit is not meant to overturn the 2020 election results but rather to restore trust in the system and influence possible changes to voting laws. Still, the audit has attracted GOP lawmakers from states across the country eager to curry favor with Trump, who insists the November election was stolen due to fraud, as they press for copycat audits.

This comes after courts roundly dismissed dozens of lawsuits while state and federal officials defended the integrity of the 2020 election, including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency under Trump, which released a statement in November noting the election "the most secure in American history."

Arizona Republican strategist Stan Barnes, told the Washington Examiner the Maricopa County audit is “serving the purpose of both parties,” and they’re both “happy about it.”

“The Democrats are happy about it because they believe it's a joke, and they can use that joke to win votes that they would normally not get in the general election, 2022,” he said. “Republicans believe it is a useful political experience to prove to their base constituency that they are on top of these issues and care about election integrity, which is in doubt among many Republicans.”

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Barnes said he believes Republicans in the state Senate who are supporting the audit are “responding to a constituency” and that they are “not crazy, and they’re not offended.”

Nobel also predicted Democrats would “not let [the audit] go, and they’re going to try to remind voters” of it. In contrast, the GOP will “try to put this in the back seat,” though he expects it will have “election implications on the midterms," which could benefit Hobbs's candidacy.

The race for governor is already a crowded one, but the incumbent, Republican Doug Ducey, is in his second term and restricted from seeking a third consecutive term.

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