Arizona State Senate To Order Hand Recount Of 2.1 Million Ballots Cast In 2020

Written by Martin Walsh

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Arizona lawmakers are ordering another recount of ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election, this time by hand.

The GOP-controlled Arizona Senate announced its intentions to conduct the audit of more than 2 million ballots from Maricopa County.

The Senate won a court order late last month, granting them access to ballots and voting machines. Officials believe this will be daunting for any audit firm, citing the need for secure facilities and substantial manpower.

“We’ve had to do recounts in the past, on just doing it, running them through the machines. It is a nightmare, we’re talking about over 2 million ballots,” Helen Purcell, former Maricopa County recorder said.

“How that’s going to be accomplished and what period of time, I have no idea,” Purcell added.

In part, the statement read:

Our goal is to make this a bipartisan effort with full transparency and in joint cooperation with Maricopa County officials. We’ve been reaching out to experts on election processes in Arizona and around the nation and hope to have the best and brightest involved in the audit.

This audit will be broad and detailed: the team will include, but is not limited to, testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count, and checking for any IT breaches.

This comes as Democrats are literally trying to steal a House seat.

The U.S. House Administration Committee moved to consider Democrat Rita Hart’s challenge of the results in last November’s election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

The committee voted in favor of considering the challenge and tabling a motion by Hart’s opponent, GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to dismiss the appeal.

After the November general election, Iowa officials conducted three recounts of the results in the 2nd district.

Secretary of State Paul Pate ordered a recount in Jasper County on Nov. 6 and one in Lucas County on Nov. 10.

On Nov. 13, Hart requested a full recount of votes in all 24 counties in the district.

After this recount, Miller-Meeks — the Republican — was certified as the winner by 6 total votes.

On Dec. 2, Hart announced she would contest the election before the House Administration Committee.

The notice asked the House to invalidate the state-certified results, count the ballots Hart said were excluded, and initiate a uniform hand recount in all 24 counties in the district.

Miller-Meeks was provisionally seated in the House on Jan. 3, and on Jan. 21, she filed a motion asking Congress to dismiss Hart’s challenge of the election results, saying that Hart should have pursued the matter through state procedures rather than filing a petition with the House.

If the committee recommends the matter to the full House, the chamber will decide the outcome by a majority vote.

Now, consider the irony here.

When Donald Trump raised valid questions about the election, Democrats had a full-blown meltdown and it even played a role in them trying to impeach him a second time.

Also, consider the dangerous precedent this could set if Democrats overturn the results of any election already certified.

The Republican was certified as the winner of the race after multiple recounts.

Oh, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested over the weekend that Democrats will steal this seat and give it to the Democrat who lost.