Although the mainstream media tries to downplay voter fraud, the Arizona Audit gains momentum every day.
America’s Audit is over halfway complete!
This most recent update came from the Maricopa Arizona Audit account on Twitter Thursday morning.
As of June 2nd, we have surpassed counting more than 60% of the ballots. The audit continues!
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) June 3, 2021
Christina Bob from OAN News reported that 1.3 million ballots had been counted!
MORE ARIZONA AUDIT UPDATES: OVER 60% Of Ballots Counted and Analyzed — 1.3 Million Completed! https://t.co/viavG2DPqS
— Christina Bobb (@christina_bobb) June 4, 2021
The audit’s progress has seemingly sent the Deep State’s panic into overdrive this past week.
Democrat Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs tried to delegitimize the audit Wednesday on CNN.
Hobbs criticized the Arizona Audit suggesting that it is “prime for cooking the books.”
CNN has footage of Hobbs’s interview and the Arizona Audit, where they try to analyze what is happening at the audit from their left-leaning lens.
Check it out from Youtube below:
CNN actually called it a “Fraudit”!
Liberal NPR calls America’s Audit a “clown show” and “disinformation blueprint.”
Here is more of what NPR has to say today about the Arizona Audit:
To Matt Masterson, the review of 2020 ballots from Maricopa County, Ariz., that’s underway is “performance art” or “a clown show,” and definitely “a waste of taxpayer money.”
But it’s not an audit.
“It’s an audit in name only,” says Masterson, a former Department of Homeland Security official who helped lead the federal government’s election security preparations leading up to November’s election. “It’s a threat to the overall confidence of democracy, all in pursuit of continuing a narrative that we know to be a lie.”
By lie, he means the assertion from former President Donald Trump and some of his allies that election fraud cost him a second term in the White House.
And, Masterson says, the strategy chosen by the Arizona’s Republican state Senate leaders is working as intended to undermine confidence in the outcome of last year’s vote.
The process is a simple exercise in how disinformation spreads and takes hold in 2021. And experts fear it presents a blueprint for other states and lawmakers to follow, one that is already showing signs of being emulated across the country.
“Now we have a playbook out there,” said Masterson, who is currently a policy fellow with the Stanford Internet Observatory, “where if you don’t like the results — by the way in an election that wasn’t particularly close … you just claim you didn’t lose and in fact the process itself was rigged against you.”
Step 1: Create a false reality
At a basic level, it’s a victory for those looking to sow doubt in the 2020 election results just to have them still being litigated six months after Election Day.
To be clear, Maricopa County’s election results have already been audited multiple times by companies with experience in the field, with no problems being uncovered.
This latest process, however, is being run by a company without election experience that’s led by a CEO who has spread election-related conspiracy theories.
Actual election audits have consistent and transparent procedures, often established in state law, but this has none of that, says Jennifer Morrell, a former election official and a national expert on election auditing. Morrell observed the process in person in Arizona for a week.
“They were sort of making up the process,” Morrell said. “They were improvising as they went along.”
Vote counters used conveyer wheels to tally ballots, often having to grab the wheel to stop it from moving too quickly past them. Other volunteers did data entry into a spreadsheet with no quality-control checks in place to make sure they entered it correctly. Observers from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office have documented a series of ” problematic practices, changing policies, and security threats that have plagued this exercise from the start.”
In short, it has been an unreliable mess. And Morrell says she’s sure whatever count the “auditors” come up with won’t match the official tally.
But by calling it an audit, the process gains credibility in the eyes of people who don’t know better, says Francesca Tripodi, an information studies professor at the University of North Carolina. The title itself is a misinformation tactic.
“The strategy in calling it an audit to begin with creates the illusion of legality — the illusion of a government-backed agency,” Tripodi said. “And when I think of an audit, I think of wrongdoing immediately.”
Step 2: Hit the airwaves
Normally, election audits are mundane, sparsely attended affairs. But this one has its own Twitter account (with 68,000 followers) and a livestream on the pro-Trump One America News Network, which has also raised money on air to fund the audit.
“It’s terrifying,” Morrell said. “We’ve suddenly said it’s OK to hand our ballots over to a third-party organization with political bias, with no experience, who get to make up the rules and then make a decision or a determination based on what they do on whether or not the outcome of the election was correct.”
The only way it works, however, is if people know about it. And if it gets covered in a way that doesn’t note the audit’s technical shortcomings.
That’s where the conservative media ecosystem steps in.
An NPR analysis of social media engagement data from the online analytics firm NewsWhip found that the 10 most popular stories about the “audit” on social media were all published by conservative publications, many of which have also pushed the false idea that Trump may be the rightful president.
NewsWhip’s engagement data encompasses how many times an article was shared, commented on or liked across Facebook, Pinterest and much of Twitter. The company analyzed a time period from April 1 through May 25 at the request of NPR.
Five of the 10 most popular links came from WesternJournal.com, a conservative clickbait site that furthers right-wing narratives and conspiracies.
“It’s rather odd that we are constantly reassured that every aspect of the 2020 election was entirely safe, secure and kosher, and yet the ongoing election audit process in Arizona’s Maricopa County seems to have been marred with confounding setbacks at every turn,” begins one such article published by The Western Journal. “Are they trying to validate claims that the election was stolen? Because this is how you validate claims that the election was stolen.”
Step 3: Use the doubt to sow more doubt
The audit is a perfect example of how false information can be used to fuel more false information in a seemingly never-ending cycle.
A recent Fox News poll found that 82% of Trump voters believe that illegal voting is a “major threat” to the stability of the U.S., even though election fraud has never been revealed to be a widespread issue in American politics.
Those fears were surely amplified by Trump’s false rhetoric around election security last year. Now Republican lawmakers are using those fears to justify major changes to state voting laws, as many officials feared they would.
“I don’t know what’s legit, what isn’t legit, but why wouldn’t we want to answer those questions?” Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate who initiated the review of Maricopa County’s results, said in an interview last week with CNN.
In some states, that may mean clamping down on voter access to chase a fraud bogeyman that doesn’t exist.
In others, it may mean more of these sorts of “audits.”
Three Republican state lawmakers from Pennsylvania visited the site of the Arizona recount Wednesday to observe the process.
State Sen. Doug Mastriano was among them, and while he declined to talk about the visit with The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and a local radio station, according to reporter Ali Vetnar, he granted one to OANN.
Private “audit” efforts are now sprouting in other swing states like Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin.
Regardless of what the lamestream media reports, the freight train of audits continues full force across the country, as Georgia lawmakers plan to visit Arizona next week.
While there, the Georgia lawmakers will tour the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and take notes to replicate the Arizona Audit in Georgia.
The fake news media can’t stop the freight train of audits!
And once the first domino falls, the rest will follow.