The Republican in command of elections in Maricopa County has shredded the ongoing recount launched by the GOP-dominated Arizona state Senate in a scathing opinion article within the conservative Nationwide Evaluation.
County Recorder Stephen Richer on Thursday slammed the “wildest election conspiracy theories” behind the Cyber Ninjas agency operating the recount. It’s inexplicably auditing ballots in solely one of many state’s 15 counties — and solely two races. These races had been received by Democrats Joe Biden, now president, and Mark Kelly, now a U.S. senator, Richer notes. (The truth that Republicans received different races on the very same ballots would take some explaining if the votes had been in some way “rigged.”)
What actually blows away Richer is the entire lack of expertise of the “tiny cybersecurity agency” Cyber Ninjas from Sarasota, Florida, whom nobody had heard of till now.
“That is the first election audit ever run by Cyber Ninjas,” Richer writes. “You didn’t learn that unsuitable: Earlier than being handed the lead place in possibly essentially the most consequential post-election audit ever, Cyber Ninjas had run zero election audits,” he provides.
“Understandably, no person within the elections neighborhood had ever heard of Cyber Ninjas. Neither Christian Ziegler, vice chairman of the Republican Get together of Florida — the place the Cyber Ninjas are from — nor Rep. Vern Buchanan, whose election in 2006 triggered adjustments to Florida election legislation, had beforehand heard of, or labored with, Cyber Ninjas,” Richer factors out.
Richer in contrast the state of affairs to People’ tax returns being audited for the Inside Income Service by somebody with “no relevant skilled credentials,” who had “by no means beforehand run a tax audit” and “believed that Hugo Chavez” — the late dictator of Venezuela — had “nefariously managed your tax-auditing software program.” Oh, and the auditor had “publicly acknowledged previous to inspecting your taxes that you simply’d actually dedicated tax fraud.”
That’s a dig at Doug Logan, the proprietor and operator of Cyber Ninjas, who wrote a report that claimed, amongst different vote fraud theories, that Chavez in some way from the grave rigged the presidential election towards Donald Trump. Logan has additionally retweeted messages like: “I’m uninterested in listening to folks say there was no fraud. It occurred, it’s actual, and folks higher get sensible quick,” Richer factors out.
Logan has “authored a report known as ‘Election Fraud Information & Particulars’ for conspiracy-theorist-in-chief Sidney Powell, who has began singing a really totally different tune since getting sued by Dominion for defamation,” Richer provides.
And that’s not even the strangest factor. The Cyber Ninjas are additionally poring over ballots in a hunt for watermarks, which aren’t used within the state’s ballots, and looking for traces of bamboo, which they’re satisfied can be proof of tampering by China. The ballots, explains Richer, are printed in Arizona.
There’s “no documented course of for vetting audit employees, however that part is now being managed by Patrick Byrne, one other election conspiracy theorist and pal of Sidney Powell,” notes Richer.
The vote in Maricopa County, residence to two-thirds of the state’s voters, is totally reputable, Richer declares. The depend and machines have been rechecked repeatedly beneath the strictest protocols, and the election has surmounted eight courtroom challenges.
“Maricopa County precisely tabulated the November 3 ballots,” Richer declares within the op-ed. “I say this with none bias or pores and skin within the recreation. The irony of all of that is that I used to be merely a candidate in November. Actually, I defeated the incumbent Democrat who was beforehand the highest elections official for the county. (I assume he forgot to rig his personal election? Or was it a intelligent ruse?)”
He concludes: “Cyber Ninjas? I’m not going to consider a darn factor they are saying. And I’m a Republican who voted for Trump.”
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