The U.S. Department of Justice on May 5 raised concerns about the ongoing 2020 election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
According to Garrett Archer at ABC15 in Phoenix, Arizona the Biden Department of Justice is going to “get involved in some capacity” with the ongoing forensic audit.
The Department of Justice DID NOTHING as Democrats locked Republicans from ballot counting rooms and drove in vanloads of ballots in the middle of the night. Now the DOJ is stepping in to a state’s audit of election ballots!
In a letter to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, DOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan cited news reports to inquire about the custody of the ballots currently under review by a group of private contractors. Karlan also complained that a portion of the audit work that involves canvassing the addresses on the ballots may amount to “voter intimidation.”
“The first issue relates to a number of reports suggesting that the ballots, elections systems, and election materials that are the subject of the Maricopa County audit are no longer under the ultimate control of state and local elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors at an insecure facility, and are at risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised, or destroyed,” Karlan wrote, citing a pair of news articles as the source for her allegations.
“This description of the proposed work of the audit raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters. The Department enforces a number of federal statutes that prohibit intimidation of persons for voting or attempting to vote,” Karlan wrote, citing a section of the Voting Rights Act which prohibits voter intimidation.
“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act,” Karlan added. “Such investigative efforts can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters that can deter them from seeking to vote in the future.” (More detail here)
Arizona Elections Chief Alleges Problems in Maricopa County Audit of 2020 Election
Arizona’s top elections officer Katie Hobbs on Wednesday alleged multiple points of concern regarding the forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election currently underway in Maricopa County.
In a letter (pdf) to former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican who is the state Senate’s liaison for the audit, Hobbs outlined 13 points of concern over how the audit is being run. This included seven points of concern over counting procedures that the state Senate and audit contractor Cyber Ninjas disclosed, as well as six points of concern over what her observers saw at the audit site.
Under terms of a lawsuit settlement filed on Wednesday, defendants Bennett, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, and the lead auditor, Florida-based Cyber Ninjas have 48 hours to respond to Hobbs’ concerns. If the concerns are not addressed, Hobbs could take them back to court for breach of contract. (More detail here)
Maricopa County Election Audit Could Last Longer Than Expected
The audit of 2020 election ballots and machines in Arizona’s largest county could go beyond mid-May, an official said on May 3.
State Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, booked the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum through May 14 to conduct the audit, which is reviewing more than 2 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the presidential election, along with 385 tabulators and other machines used last year.
Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican tapped by Fann as the audit’s liaison, had expressed confidence that the process would be finished by May 14. But he told The Epoch Times on May 3 that it could run longer.
“There’s no deadline for the audit,” Bennett said. “The goal is not speed; the goal is accuracy and completeness.” (More detail here)