While Arizona’s largest county, Maricopa, is undergoing an in-depth audit of ballots for the contentious 2020 presidential vote, Windham County, New Hampshire, is undergoing a second audit of ballots for the state House of Representatives election.
These audits renew the hopes of Republican voters, who massively consider that the vote counts did not respect the rights to electoral integrity and transparency.
In fact, in the first audit practiced in Windham, a county of 15,000 inhabitants, hundreds of votes appeared in favor of the Republican candidates, giving reason to the dissatisfied voters, according to the alternative media The True Reporter of May 11.
The Republican candidates won the four seats that were vacant, but since the lowest vote-getter got only 24 votes in favor, a first audit was conducted, which showed a surprising 9.6% deviation that illegally favored the Democrats.
The Republican candidates regained about 300 votes each, and the Democrats lost 99 votes, out of the total of 10,006 ballots counted and accepted.
In this regard, Windham town attorney Bernard Campbell told New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald that this high percentage of deviation “was shocking to local town officials.”
Likewise, a current advisor to former President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, commented that voters are “gravely concerned that the election system is not properly secured and that there is the potential at least for results that don’t align with what voters want..”
Moreover, he considered the need for a statewide audit to check other machines than those that originally counted the votes.
And he emphasized, “unless a recount was done in these other communities, we don’t know if the machine tallies are accurate,” also noting that voter distrust in the electoral process would drive them away.
Republican voting rights advocates, on the other hand, are concerned about this audit in Windham because the people chosen to conduct it have close ties to Verified Voting, a nonprofit that collaborates with center-left groups like the Brennan Center for Justice, according to Influence Watch, and one of them attacked the audit in Arizona.
On the other hand, audits of presidential elections have been strongly opposed by Democrats, which some analysts believe indicates that they may be hiding something.
One example of these attacks would have been given by the chief assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Pamela Karlan, who sought indications of violations of federal law with her brief to Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican senator, according to Business Insider on May 6.
In his letter, Karlan argues that the involvement of the team conducting the audit, Cyber Ninjas, could be illegal and that federal election records may not be being adequately safeguarded and preserved, which could be “at risk of damage or loss.”
For her part, Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward explained that Democrats have nothing to worry about in terms of the integrity of the materials being analyzed.
“There are not only 9 cameras in the arena, as you see on the website, and as the Democrats like to claim. There are actually dozens, dozens of private security cameras focused on the tables, on the counters, on the boxes of ballots, and on the machine evaluation areas. There’s no room or tolerance for error,” she reported.