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Windham 2020 Election Auditor Says Error Rate ‘Way Higher Than We Expected’

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Another 2020 election audit is underway, this time in Windham, New Hampshire.

An auditor in Windham, New Hampshire, said the majority of ballots had a fold in them and are being reviewed through the town’s audit process investigating the 2020 election.

As many as 60% of ballots with machine-made or handmade folds were improperly counted by the town’s four scanning machines, Harri Hursti, one of three auditors selected for the process, told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Monday.

“The error rate was way higher than we expected,” Hursti said.

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The audit has gained so much attention that the state’s attorney general is reportedly involved now.

After the results of the 2020 state House race for the town were particularly close, a hand recount was requested. That resulted in four candidates in Rockingham District 7 gaining around 300 votes and one candidate losing around 100.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation on April 12 ordering an audit of the ballot-counting machines and memory cards used during the 2020 general election in Windham, as well as a hand tabulation of roughly 10,000 ballots for the state House, governor, and U.S. senator races.

Two of the auditors previously expressed their suspicion that the folds may have been to blame, but Hursti’s comments on Monday provided more context to the scope of the issue.

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“Because if someone voted for all four Republican candidates and the ballot happened to have its fold line going through St. Laurent’s target, then that might be interpreted by the machines as an overvote, which would then subtract votes from each of those four Republican candidates,” said Philip Stark, another member of the three-person audit team, according to a WMUR 9 report last week. “Conversely, if there were not four votes already in that contest by the voter, a fold line through that target could have caused the machine to interpret it as a vote for St. Laurent.”

The counting machines used in Windham, as well as in 85% of New Hampshire cities and towns, are some of the oldest in circulation, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

The age of the machines, which come from AccuVote, makes them harder to hack, Hursti told the outlet.

The audit has been celebrated by Donald Trump, along with the audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County, as being part of what he deemed the “incredible fight to seek out the truth on the massive Election Fraud which took place in New Hampshire and the 2020 Presidential Election.”

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“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,” he added.

“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.”

Democrats are also very worried about the election audit taking place in Arizona.

The Biden Department of Justice has sent a letter to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann taking issue with Maricopa County’s forensic audit of the 2020 election.

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The letter is from Pamela Karlan, the principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.

Maricopa County has started the audit of 2.1 million ballots.

Ask yourself why Biden’s DOJ is getting involved in the matter.

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