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Georgia Secretary of State Executive Gabriel Sterling sounds very worried about the election audit taking place in Arizona.
Sterling — who claims to be a Republican but has become a darling of the lefty media — slammed the Maricopa County audit that is analyzing around 2.1 million ballots from the largest county in Arizona.
Sterling took to Twitter to call the audit “neither transparent nor likely, legal,” and claimed it is an attempt to “undermine confidence in elections.”
“This ‘audit’ in Arizona is another step in undermining confidence in elections. This process is neither transparent nor, likely, legal,” Sterling said on Twitter.
“Any ‘findings’ will be highly suspect now that chain of custody has been violated by partisan actors,” he added.
This “audit” in Arizona is another step in undermining confidence in elections. This process is neither transparent nor, likely, legal. Any “findings” will be highly suspect now that chain of custody has been violated by partisan actors. https://t.co/40yKdcVI4S
— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) April 27, 2021
A former Special Assistant to Donald Trump revealed on Thursday that a “freight train” of election audits are coming.
Boris Epshteyn joined Steve Bannon on The War Room and began discussing Joe Biden’s speech to a limited joint session of Congress on Wednesday night.
Boris has been following the ongoing forensic audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Epshteyn told the War Room audience that, thanks to the courage of the Arizona patriots, a “freight train” of election audits are coming.
Epshteyn said Democrats are trying to stop the audit and that the Arizona Republican Party will not back down.
After months of back-and-forth legal battles between Arizona’s Republican-controlled state senate and the Maricopa County board of supervisors, the ballots in Arizona’s most populous county will be audited beginning on April 22.
Senate President Karen Fann signed a contract to lease the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix from April 19 to May 14 for the Legislature to house the 2.1 million ballots.
Now, the Arizona Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit to stop the state Senate audit of the election results in Maricopa County.
The suit, brought forward by Maricopa County supervisor Steve Gallardo, alleges the audit is led by partisan contractors hired by the Republican-controlled Senate.
Gallardo, the lone Democrat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said he was also concerned about ballot security and confidentiality.
“The sole reason for this lawsuit and injunctions is to protect the sanctity of the ballots and more importantly to preserve voters’ privacy from a sham audit that has been corrupted by agitators and conspiracy theorists,” Gallardo said in a tweet.
“This corrupted process will not be transparent, dark money influencers have hand-picked the folks to observe and witness the ‘audit’ that will be conducted by an uncertified and unqualified group.”
2/ money influencers have handed picked the folks to observe and witness the “audit” that will be conducted by an uncertified and unqualified group.
— Supervisor Steve Gallardo (@Steve_Gallardo) April 22, 2021
The suit calls for a temporary restraining order to prevent the audit, which was scheduled to start after the 2.1 million ballots were carted to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday.
It’s the latest disagreement leaders have had regarding the Senate audit, which isn’t the first to take place in Arizona following Democrat Joe Biden’s win in November.
2020 Election Integrity: Arizona – Democratic Party State Court Lawsuit Aimed To Stop Forensic Audit As It Begins. The Complaint.
2021 04 22 Adp v Fann Complaint for Declaratory Judgment 00545433xc217c | Electronic Voting | Audit https://t.co/JBelk7p2tU
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) April 23, 2021
Senate President Karen Fann has said the GOP-led forensic audit would be conducted independently and would be a transparent process aimed at restoring voter confidence after supporters of Donald Trump in the state said the election was stolen from him due to widespread fraud.
Each hand recount station during the Maricopa County audit will have two overhead cameras to capture video of each ballot that comes across the counting table.
Police officers, both in uniform and in plain clothes, will be scattered throughout the center.
The Maricopa Audit is critical because it could set precedent in revealing potential election fraud and trigger other state legislatures to conduct a similar physical ballot audit and re-canvass.
“We want someplace that is big enough. It will be fully live-streamed the entire time,” Fann told Jeff Oravits during an interview on KBTK-FM on Tuesday.