Private companies hired by Republicans in the Arizona Senate to recount the millions of ballots for the 2020 election are worried about possible Antifa attacks, intending to use UV lights to catch fraud, according to internal documents released as part of a legal fight with Democrats.
State Senate Republicans “companies” initially sought National Guard protection to review ballots in the Marikopa district, but were rejected by Republican Gov. Doug Duss, according to a document released Thursday by the Marikopa Supreme Court on the GOP. objections. The judge ruled on Friday that the security document, which was published in the court’s electronic pocket on Thursday night, could be signed with the consent of the parties.
The documents detail the conspiratorial thinking behind the bizarre party hunt for fraud that former President Donald Trump lost six months after the election and began to falsely claim to have been robbed.
“It would be ridiculous if it weren’t so horrible,” said Rick Hassen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Republicans and private companies led by Florida-based cyber security company Cyber Ninjas have been fighting in a state court for the past week to keep audit details confidential. Angry Democrats, who say the count is an attempt to undermine President Biden’s victory, sued last week in an attempt to ban the audit, claiming that private companies were not properly protecting voter privacy. Ballots: The court has so far refused to complete the audit, which began last Friday, but has ordered more information to be released.
Republican lawmakers say checking ballots in Arizona’s largest Maricopa district will help them write new election laws and restore confidence in the state’s democratic process. After Trump lost the state by about 10,000 votes last year, these same lawmakers have been questioning the results for months. Senate Republicans did not respond to numerous requests for comment.
Democrats and national rights activists warn that a Republican vote would further undermine Americans’ faith in democracy and lead to a stolen election fraud that sparked a deadly Capitol riot in January. Since the Capitol attack, Trump, banned from his regular social megaphone, has issued at least eight audit statements in the past week, sometimes twice a day.
The state of Arizona և the state of Maricopa has already conducted a number of accuracy tests և has hired two independent foreign companies to conduct a forensic examination of the election results. These hints all confirmed that the county system was functioning properly, election officials told NBC News.
At the same time, the audit documents released by the court reveal the efforts, which, according to experts, have nothing to do with reality.
After Ducey refused to provide National Guard resources, the companies then prepared their own security plan, the threat assessment, outlining possible recount threats that included Antifa, a network of undercover radical groups often blamed on Trump’s allies. in violence, despite few facts.
The Threat Scenario Assessment Assessment assumes that a coordinated attack involving chemical fire, disrupting traffic, may result in a recalculation violation.
“Antifa is likely to use the traffic in those six zones to allow the police to launch any breach of any permit,” the statement said, adding that this could lead to “almost unauthorized entry” into the facility.
One of the documents detailing the recount procedure was to use microscope cameras to allegedly flash “UV-B-UV” on the ballot papers. But the document does not address how general ballot issues will be handled. For example, the document does not mention how the counters run the “predominant” ballots, where it seems that the voter was trying to vote for more than one candidate.
“The documents certainly do not understand the special way of holding elections in Arizona,” said Tammy Patrick, a former Maricopa County election official and senior adviser to the Democracy Fund, a non-partisan foundation that aims to improve the US election. “There seems to be a predetermined result here, which I think is really problematic.”
National ombudsmen have urged the Department of Justice to send federal observers to monitor the recount, which they say could easily undermine federal election laws. UV lights, they say, are likely to damage the ballots.
Audit was initially involved in litigation, controversy, and conspiracy theories.
It is reported that the general director of Cyber Ninja, Doug Logan, has pushed forward 2020 online. Conspiracy theories և refuse to say how much money they will make for this audit. The audit was funded with $ 150,000 in taxable dollars, as well as undisclosed private donations, the names of which are still being kept secret.
Logan և Ken Bennett, Arizona’s former secretary of state who oversees auditing at the request of the state’s controlled state, spoke to reporters about the cost of the effort. at a controversial press conference last week.
“There are organizations, individuals, people in the country who are interested in the same things,” Bennett said of donors, adding that “it does not matter who paid for it.”
Democrats say Senate Republicans are not ready, they are not serious about their efforts.
“Obviously the Senate didn’t think about it,” Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told NBC News this week. “They really made it up just as they went.”
When Republican Senate attorneys won legal guardianship of ballots this year, it became clear that lawmakers had nowhere to put the materials. The Republicans later rented the arena at state fairs, saying they would complete the count in mid-May.
“My people are telling me it will take months,” said Jack E. Sellers, the Republican chairman of the Marikopa District Observatory, which oversaw the 2020 Elections: “How are you going to count the 2.1 million ballots in the country during their tenure?”
The vendors, who have repeatedly stressed that the selected supervisors are not participating in the audit, say he is particularly concerned about what the auditors are doing to the county’s electoral equipment. He said he expects the cars to be re-approved by federally approved companies before re-using them.
“If someone who is not authorized to work on these machines enters them, they will have to go through the re-certification process, it can be very expensive,” he said.
His office later told NBC News that the estimated cost of such an effort would be in the tens of thousands of dollars. When the county signed the Senate Republican ballot, Sellers said it was a waiver of compensation, asking to cover any expenses incurred as a result of such an audit, although he was not sure it would happen.
“One way or another, it seems that the taxpayer is going to pay for everything that will cost,” he said.
He added. “People are constantly saying what we are afraid of. We are not afraid of anything, if we were afraid of something, we would not hire independent auditors. “
Media access to the Veterans Memorial’s ise camouflage arena, where the counting takes place, was initially restricted until journalists agreed to be a volunteer observer. When: A journalist from the Republic of Arizona did it, he noted that proper ballot processing procedures were not followed after he noticed blue pens on the ballots. Election officials say red or green pens are used to ensure that the ink does not spoil or alter the ballot, as ballot counters can read blue or black ink.
One America News Network, the right-wing cable channel, has been given special access to cover the audit, reports that the audit staff uses ultraviolet light to look for watermarks. Possible link to the completely dismantled QAnon conspiracy that Trump secretly watched ballots to prove voter fraud.
“Bull is a bunch of kids.” Hobbes said of the alleged watermarks. “They make things.”
He immediately apologized.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. “I’m excited about it,” said Hobbes.