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Arizona | July 14, 2021

Arizona Senate President Says 2020 Election Audit’s Ballot Count Doesn’t Match Maricopa Tally

Arizona | July 14, 2021

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on Tuesday said that the 2020 presidential election audit’s ballot count led by Cyber Ninjas differed from the Maricopa County tally, and that the discrepancy prompted the election review team to acquire new machines to recount the ballots.

“They haven’t released a number yet,” Fann, a Republican, said during in an interview with KTAR. “However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point.”

Jack Sellers, the chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors, told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement that he was not surprised by the claim.

“While experienced professionals at the County used the latest certified tabulation technology and established processes to count almost 2.1 million ballots in accordance with Arizona law, the Senate contractors have taken a different approach. They’ve cycled through processes and procedures, chasing conspiracy theories while volunteers with no elections experience tried to accurately count votes as they spun by on turntables. Elections experts from across the country have said this method is flawed and will produce incorrect results,” he said….

(Excerpts from Epoch Times)

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Texas | July 11, 2021

Texas Now Investigating 386 More Cases of Voter Fraud, Attorney General Tells CPAC

Texas | July 11, 2021

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) his office is investigating nearly 400 more cases of voter fraud and called on audience members that concern about election fraud is not overblown.

The 386 cases that are being investigated come in addition to more than 500 cases that his office has prosecuted, Paxton said, without elaborating on the details of some of the cases.

“Do not believe the narrative because in Texas we are going to fight election fraud,” Paxton said, adding that Republicans would have struggled during election day last year if his office didn’t stop local election officials from breaking rules around balloting.

Referring to claims that voter fraud doesn’t exist—made typically by Democrats—the Republican attorney general described it as a false narrative….

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Arizona | July 11, 2021

Arizona Senate Conducting New Count of Maricopa County Ballots

Arizona | July 11, 2021

The ballots cast in Arizona’s largest county in the 2020 election will be counted for a third time on orders from the state’s Senate.

Nearly 2.1 million ballots submitted in Maricopa County for the presidential contest were tabulated, as normal, by election officials. They were recounted by hand by audit teams hired by the Arizona Senate in a process that was completed late last month.

Now the Senate will do its own recount that will provide a number to compare to those from the county and from the auditors.

“Maricopa County says there’s 2,089,563 ballots. We did the hand count, and they’re finalizing that number, but we just wanted a third number to tie everything together, make sure we have more—the more data points, the better,” former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the Senate’s audit liaison, told The Epoch Times….

(Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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Pennsylvania | July 6, 2021

Pennsylvania Republicans take steps to conducting Arizona-style election audit

Pennsylvania | July 6, 2021

Republicans in Pennsylvania’s Senate are discussing launching a privately funded audit of the 2020 election.

A three-senator delegation led by state Sen. Doug Mastriano visited Arizona in June to receive an overview of the Maricopa County probe into the election and last week sought legal advice from a Pennsylvania law firm on the legality of using private funds to finance a similar endeavor, according to The Associated Press.

“Transparency is a must in our republic,” the delegation said in a press release last month announcing their plans to visit the Maricopa Election Forensic Election Audit. “Every citizen should be confident that their vote counts.”..

(Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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Texas | June 28, 2021

ALG in CQ Researcher: Voter integrity is the number one issue

Texas | June 28, 2021

Overview

Texas has long had some of the nation’s tightest voting restrictions — and lowest voter turnout.In the wake of the 2020 elections, the Republicans who control the Texas Legislature decided they needed to impose even more restrictions.

During an unusual Saturday session there in May — the second time voting legislation was considered during an overnight session this year — the Texas House appeared ready to pass a sweeping election bill that would impose restrictions on various forms of voting.

Republicans argued the rules are needed to combat fraud. But Democrats, who said the rules were aimed at hampering their own voters, temporarily blocked passage of the bill by walking out of the session, preventing a vote on the measure before the legislative session adjourned. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said he will call lawmakers back for a special session on July 8 to act on the bill…

(Excerpts from Daily Torch)

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District of Columbia, West Virginia | June 7, 2021

Manchin to Vote Against Bill Federalizing Elections, Dealing Major Blow to Democrats

District of Columbia, West Virginia | June 7, 2021

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., declared Sunday he will oppose his party’s legislation to federalize how elections are conducted, dealing a severe blow to Democratic passage in the evenly divided Senate.

The For The People Act would among other things ban voter ID requirements, mandate mail-in voting options and begin registering voters at age 16. It has faced uniform Republican opposition.

In an op-ed published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin declared the bill as too partisan and divisive

He also revealed he would not support eliminating the filibuster that requires 60 votes to consider most pieces of legislation in the Senate. On that point, he is joining a second Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For The People Act,” Manchin wrote.

He added he would fight to “seek bipartisan compromise no matter how difficult and to develop the political bonds that end divisions and help unite the country we love.”..

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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