Politics Trump encourages potential Texas election audit
Arizona election auditors seek more records, voter canvass
PHOENIX (AP) — Contractors hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election said Thursday that they don’t have enough information to complete their report, and urged legislators to subpoena more records and survey voters at home. Leaders of the GOP audit described a wide variety of reasons their review is taking months longer than the 60 days initially planned, including confusion about damaged ballots and a lack of access to certain data. They described the delays during a meeting livestreamed at the Capitol Thursday and watched by thousands.
Former President Donald Trump is applauding suggestions that Republicans in Texas may open an Arizona-style forensic audit of its 2020 election results.
Trump, who has frequently touted theories of widespread voter fraud without offering evidence, encouraged Texas officials to audit its election results "even though I won Texas by a lot."
"I said, 'You should do it because you'll find out what's going on in this country.' It's crazy," he said Saturday night while applauding the "brave and unyielding conservative warriors in the Arizona state Senate" who "created a movement all over the country."
Maricopa County audit team says ballots not 'at risk' from water leak
Afternoon thunderstorms caused a leak in the facility where workers moved operations for an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, but ballots are safe, a representative for Arizona Senate Republican's review said Friday.Phoenix and other parts of the state have experienced heavy rainfall and flash flooding, leading to roof damage to the facility where the GOP-led state Senate's audit team transported materials from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum earlier this month.
On July 12, lawmakers in Texas's state House filed, known as the "Texas Voter Confidence Act," which would open a forensic audit into the 2020 election results.
"We need a forensic audit to uncover all the voter fraud," state Rep. Steve Toth, who filed the legislation,on Monday. "Prior to the special session, I met with constituents across District 15 in South Montgomery County. The Texas Voter Confidence Act is a product of those meetings and a direct request from the voters who sent me to Austin. Texans want to know more about the claims of voter fraud and deserve to have confidence in their elections."
Toth said the attorney general's has prosecuted over 500 election fraud cases and is investigating 400 more, claiming, "Voters want to know that their legal vote counts and matters."
'Sore loser' Trump reaps fruits of election lies in Arizona
Ex-President Donald Trump's big lie came full circle on Saturday as he traveled to Arizona to dangerously seize on the false fruits of a sham election "audit" precipitated by his own discredited claims the 2020 election was stolen. © Ross D. Franklin/AP Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D.
In the months since the GOP-led Arizona Senate opened a forensic audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County, Republicans in several other swing states have followed suit. The former president has praised election investigations in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, both of which were narrowly carried by President Joe Biden last November.
"I hear now that Wisconsin is looking very, very seriously [into the allegations of voter fraud], and I respect Wisconsin so much. It's a great state. They're looking very seriously. Pennsylvania is really starting to take this very seriously," heon June 26, thanking legislators in both states for their efforts.
Elected representatives from several right-leaning states, including Georgia, which Biden won in 2020, have toured the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where private firm Cyber Ninjas is leading Arizona's audit. Trump said the officials' visits have prompted some of the more recent audits.
One of the Leaders of the Arizona Audit Says Cyber Ninjas Might Be Cooking the Books
Bennett’s turnaround is indeed noteworthy given that he was one of the drivers of this clown car of lies.Trump’s visit, though, came as the audit itself was beginning to unravel in spectacular fashion. It started before Trump’s remarks, when on Friday the Arizona Senate point-person for the audit, former Republican Secretary of State Senate Ken Bennett, was barred from his own audit site. It continued through the weekend, as previous supporters of the audit came out against it and Bennett himself considered whether to quit.
"If you look at what's going on all across [the country], they've come from so many different states to look at your audit procedures. They go back, and I'll call them. I'll say, 'How did you like it? What did you think?' They said, 'We don't believe it,' and then they're starting their own audits now," Trump said Saturday. "That's what's happening. They're coming and looking."
The Trump campaign filed several lawsuits alleging widespread voter fraud in the aftermath of the 2020 election, the majority of which have been tossed by federal courts.
Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes out of more than 3.3 million that were cast across the state. His lead of roughly 2 percentage points was due partly to his advantage in Maricopa County, where the Democrat scoredmore votes than former President Donald Trump.
The Maricopa County audit's results areto be released in a comprehensive report sometime later this summer,
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Texas audit proposed by GOP would miss minor but real errors .
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of Texas Republicans wants to audit the 2020 election results in just the large, mostly Democratic counties across the state. If they get their way, they'll miss many of the real — but minor — errors in the state's vote count. That's according to a team of researchers that conducted a statewide analysis of the results across both Democratic and Republican counties. The group found a series of errors that would not come close to changing Republican Donald Trump's victory in the state or any other statewide race. But the errors stretch across both Republican and Democratic counties.