Politics Anthony Sabatini Justifies Push for Florida Election Audit, Claims 'Corrupt Counties' Cheated
Trump-Backed Audits Make Elections 'Wide Open' to Future Fraud, Experts Warn
"It is a concern that people, in the pursuit of trying to show the system is insecure, are actually making it more insecure," said one researcher.Allies of the former president have pushed for audits of the election results due to Trump's claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" in favor of President Joe Biden. The allegation has been thoroughly litigated and discredited. Meanwhile, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell—a close Trump ally and top promoter of the fraud claims—gave out copies of voting software used in U.S. elections at a recent event in South Dakota.
Florida State Representative Anthony Sabatini justified hisin the Sunshine State on Sunday, claiming that Democratic-led counties cheated to produce favorable results for President .
Sabatini claimed that Palm Beach County, Broward County and others either double-scanned ballots "or did things that are far, far worse than that" during an interview with RSBN at the "Trumparilla" boat parade in Fort Myers on Sunday. Former Presidentwon the state in the 2020 election.
Text messages suggest Donald Trump looked into funding the controversial Arizona election audit
In an April text exchange, a former Trump campaign official and the audit spokesman discussed possible financial contributions by Trump to the effort.In an April text exchange reviewed by The Arizona Capitol Times, former Trump campaign official Jeff DeWit and audit spokesperson Randy Pullen discussed possible contributions by Trump to the audit effort.
He said "you would think"would want the audit to disprove claims of election fraud, "but they're afraid of the audit because they know what the audit is going to show."
GOP lawmakers in battleground states have pushed for election audits in the wake of former President Donald Trump's loss. Trump allies have claimed voter fraud in key states, though the claims have been widely discredited.
Sabatini, a Republican who has aligned himself closely with Trump, shared the first draft of the audit bill onFriday.
If passed, the bill would require Florida Governorto appoint an independent third party to conduct a forensic audit of the 2020 election in "every precinct in each county with a population of 415,000 or more," Newsweek previously reported.
Arizona's Former GOP Election Director Says 'Nobody Should Trust' Cyber Ninjas' Audit
Amy B. Chan, a Republican, said the audit process was "more like a life-sized game of Mouse Trap than any kind of professional endeavor."Arizona's state Senate Republicans, led by President Karen Fann, hired Cyber Ninjas to conduct the widely criticized audit in the spring due to former President Donald Trump's groundless claims that the 2020 election was "rigged" in favor of President Joe Biden. Cyber Ninjas' was set to release its report on the months-long audit of Maricopa County's ballots—which had previously been reviewed in a non-partisan process—on Monday. However, the report has been delayed because the company's CEO and two others tested positive for COVID-19.
The audit would have to begin by April 15, 2022 and be completed within 60 days. It requires the auditors to submit a report to DeSantis, Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, the Division of Elections, supervisors of elections and state congressional leaders within 30 days of completion of the audit.
Sabatini previously asked Lee for an audit in July of five counties—Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Boward, Orange and Palm Beach—that voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Lee, however, rejected the request, saying the state's election was "accurate, transparent and conducted in compliance with Florida law."
Trump carried the state of Florida with 51.2 percent of the vote, compared to Biden's 47.9 percent, despite going on to lose the election. Trump's strong showing among conservatives and improvement in South Florida helped push him over the finish line in the battleground state.
Penn. Republicans Announce 2020 Election 'Irregularities' Hearing Amid Trump Pressure
"All we're doing is getting information," Republican state Senate President Jake Corman said, defending the review of last November's election.Pennsylvania Senate President Jake Corman, a Republican, announced in August that he and his colleagues were pushing forward with a review of the 2020 election, a result of Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. On Thursday, Pennsylvania's Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee announced the launch of a new website for voters in the state to report "problems" they personally witnessed in the 2020 election. The committee has scheduled its first hearing for next Thursday.
Trump allies have pushed for similar audits in states Biden won. In Arizona, a legal battle is underway after an attorney said the statehas not complied with a court order to hand over the documents related to the audit, The Arizona Daily Star reported Wednesday.
That audit has been widely criticized. Trey Grayson, a Republican who served as Kentucky's Secretary of State from 2004 to 2011, told the Associated Press that there arein the audit to trust it.
In Wisconsin, an audit of the election results could, Newsweek previously reported. Pennsylvania also announced in August a
Despite the audits, there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States in the 2020 election.
Some election security experts have warned that these audits could make future elections.
On Saturday, Illinois GOP Congressmantook to Twitter to criticize the audits.
"Let me take a shot at it... "it's not about overturning the election, it's about being too scared to tell the truth to the base that Trump lost and is the first incumbent president to lose reelection in 30 years," he wrote.
Arizona Supreme Court delays release of election audit records
The Arizona Supreme Court said Tuesday that contractors hired by the Republican-led state Senate to conduct the Maricopa County 2020 election audit would not need to release records from their review by next week. © Provided by Washington Examiner This is only a temporary delay, as Kathryn King, a justice on the state's high court, put a hold on a lower court ruling that ordered the documents released by Aug. 31 while the case is under consideration. Left-leaning watchdog group American Oversight took its records request to court and emerged victorious on Aug.
Newsweek reached out to the Broward and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections and the Floridafor comment Sunday afternoon, but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.
Arizona GOP State Senator Critical of Election Audit Fires Back After Receiving Threat .
"Due to misinformation & the unmet expectations of the public surrounding the audit, threats like this will unfortunately continue," Michelle Ugenti-Rita tweeted.Ugenti-Rita, who chairs the Arizona Senate Government Committee, withdrew her support from the audit, criticizing "the lack of competence" that "has deprived the voters of Arizona a comprehensive accounting of the 2020 election" in July. She is running for Arizona secretary of state.