The 2021 Maricopa County audit or Arizona audit is an examination of ballots cast in Arizona’s Maricopa County during the 2020 presidential election. The audit was ordered by top Arizona Senate Republicans and is considered by and large as a sham partisan audit meant to please Donald Trump and stir trouble for Joe Biden. It is being undertaken by ‘Cyber Ninjas’, a cyber security company with strong ties to the Republican Party. In an article published by NC Policy Watch, Darrell Ehrlick reveals that experts have warned against a ‘sham election audits’ movement against the backdrop of the Maricopa audit. Here is an excerpt:
Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona Senate in an audit at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 24, 2021. Photo (via the Arizona Mirror) by David Wallace | Arizona Republic / pool photo
Experts from four national nonprofits — the Brennan Center for for Justice, Protect Democracy, Fair Fight Action and States United Action — gathered last week at an online panel discussion to examine the latest worrisome trend in undermining democracy: illegitimate election recounts.
All four warned that conspiracy theories, disinformation and outright lies can spread through social media and other means to undermine legitimate elections. Those spreading the disinformation also prey upon people who might be unfamiliar with the process of government, they warn.
Protect Democracy, Fair Fight Action and States United Action have also launched a new website (NotanAudit.com) to help people understand the differences between real election audits and “fake” or “sham” audits.
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