Thoughts on election audits

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The forensic audit of Maricopa County, AZ, ought to be of interest to us locally despite misdirection by national media like the Washington Post whose headline read, “Ariz. Ballot Report Affirms Biden Win and Lack of Fraud.”

The Post headline glosses over that recounts alone do not verify that single ballots were cast by voters eligible, registered, and entitled to vote.

The Daily Signal reported from Volume III of the Maricopa audit: 23,344 “mail-in ballots voted from a prior address”; 9,041 “more ballots returned by voter than received”; 5,295 “voters that potentially voted in multiple counties”; 2,592 “more duplicates than original ballots”; and 2,382 “in-person voters who had moved out of Maricopa County.” Other ballots were counted although the voters registered after the state deadline.

Claims that audits undermine elections are not just disingenuous but suspicious, too, as if some people want imperfect procedures susceptible to abuse. The purpose of an audit is not to overturn an election, but to assure greater integrity for the next one.

The goal is to assure machines worked properly and to discover whether votes were nullified by fraud, mistakes, or errors. Audit results can help assure laws were followed and whether procedures need to be amended to assure greater security.

The integrity of each vote is what matters. If you don’t care about election integrity, then you don’t care about the country. Any bad ballot undermines trust in government and can lead to instability no democracy can afford.
—S.B.Waters

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