There is an election audit taking place in America right now, and it’s not in Arizona. On Thursday, Donald Trump brought people’s attention to it by issuing a new statement.
“Congratulations to the great Patriots of Windham, New Hampshire for their incredible fight to seek out the truth on the massive Election Fraud which took place in New Hampshire and the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump wrote. “The spirit for transparency and justice is being displayed all over the Country by media outlets which do not represent Fake News. ”
“People are watching in droves as these Patriots work tirelessly to reveal the real facts of the most tainted and corrupt Election in American history,” he added. “Congratulations Windham—look forward to seeing the results.”
In Windham, New Hampshire, a town of about 14,000 near the Massachusetts border, a state legislative race was thrown into disarray when a recount found major discrepancies with the original total.
“On Election Night, Republicans swept all four of Windham’s state representative seats. One Democrat, Kristi St. Laurent, fell short by just 24 votes and requested a recount,” NHPR reported.
“But during the recount, the margin between St. Laurent and the Republican candidates changed significantly,” the report continued. “The vote totals for all of the Republican candidates in that race increased by about 300, while St. Laurent’s vote count decreased by nearly 100.”
“While the outcome of the race didn’t change — the four Republican victories from Election Day were upheld at the recount — the change in vote totals raised questions for lots of people from both parties,” the report added.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, a number of actions taken by the Democratic Party threaten the integrity of the Maricopa County forensic audit of the 2020 election. A lawsuit settlement is stripping the signature verification process from the forensic audit, all but rendering the audit moot.
“After a lengthy lawsuit that saw the Democrats achieve few victories in their goal of stopping the audit of the 2020 ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, they have reached a settlement with the firm involved in the audit and the Senate Republicans that will see the firm, Cyber Ninjas, cease verifying the signatures on early voting envelopes with the signatures on file from the voter,” the National File reported.
In addition, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division sent a letter threatening the Arizona auditors, particularly about checking in person to see if voters are physically present at addresses and match the names on the ballots.
“This description of the proposed work of the audit raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters,” the DOJ said. “The Department enforces a number of federal statutes that prohibit intimidation of persons for voting or attempting to vote. For example, Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act provides that “No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for voting or attempting to vote, or intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for urging or aiding any person to vote or attempt to vote…”
A growing number of states are nonetheless taking steps to ensure that the 2022 midterm elections and beyond never resemble the 2020 election debacle again. On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation reinforcing the state’s election integrity measures.
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