The dominoes are finally starting to fall after last week’s revelations out of Arizona and Georgia. But that does not mean we won’t still hit some roadblocks along the way, including from Republicans who we have thought were on President Donald Trump’s side all this time. We’ve already hit one, which I’ll talk about in a moment.
Meanwhile, the calls for full forensic audits in other states are growing after the Arizona and Georgia results conclusively proved what we have all known since about November 5th of last year.
In case you missed the explosive preliminary results from Arizona last week, here is what the exhaustive auditing process has uncovered so far in Maricopa County:
168,000 ballots were printed on the wrong paper stock; these are illegal ballots that should not have been legally counted in the 2020 election. 74,243 mail-in ballots that were NEVER MAILED OUT TO RECIPIENTS somehow magically showed up and were recorded and counted in Arizona’s official total. Who filled those out anyway, since they were never mailed in the first place?
Arizona’s Democrat Secretary of State scrubbed 18,000 ineligible voters from the state’s rolls AFTER the election. And another 11,000 who were not registered to vote in Arizona actually voted in the 2020 election – and then the Secretary of State added their names to the voter rolls AFTER the election.
Joe Biden’s margin of “victory” in Arizona was 10,457 votes. The first “audit” in Arizona that was conducted by the Secretary of State found none of this data. Perfect election! Yet the forensic audit has so far revealed 271,243 ineligible, illegal and/or fraudulent votes in Maricopa County. That’s… a little bit outside the margin of victory, I’d say.
President Trump also called for Arizona’s electors to be decertified (but tellingly did not call for a do-over, because that’s never been part of the strategy).
But then over the weekend, – who chaired the hearing with the auditors last week – said that Arizona’s results cannot be decertified. She blathered about how massive fraud can’t change the results of the election and it’s all just about integrity in future elections, and WAAAAAA! She’s powerless and can’t do anything because there are no laws on the books in Arizona that allow them to call for an election do-over. Boo-hoo!
It’s patently absurd to claim that there is no remedy to the people under the Constitution and Arizona’s laws if an election is decided by fraudulent ballot box stuffing. And at least one federal court has ruled just that. The case was Donohue v. Board of Elections of State of NY in 1976.
Brace yourselves, because I know this will be a big shocker, but… Democrats cheated in the 1976 election between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. I know, right? GASP!
The federal judge in Donohue vs. Board of Elections ultimately dismissed the Republicans’ case, because there had not been enough fraudulent votes uncovered to overturn the outcome in New York. However, in the ruling for that case, the judge made a striking observation:
“It is difficult to imagine a more damaging blow to public confidence in the electoral process than the election of a President whose margin of victory was provided by fraudulent registration or voting, ballot-stuffing or other illegal means. Indeed, entirely foreclosing injunctive relief in the federal courts would invite attempts to influence national elections by illegal means, particularly in those states where no statutory procedures are available for contesting general elections. Finally, federal courts in the past have not hesitated to take jurisdiction over constitutional challenges to the validity of local elections and, where necessary, order new elections.”
The judge is arguing that if there is no remedy to a stolen election, then that itself is an invitation to cheat in elections. So what if there are no laws on the books for Arizona to call for a new election? Do it anyway! Or at least decertify the election in that state, so those 11 electoral votes are stripped from Joe Biden’s total.
Karen Fann’s argument is the equivalent of suddenly declaring that all federal airline safety regulations are null and void, because the Founding Fathers never mentioned airplanes a single time in the Constitution!
Arizona lawmakers should immediately hold a vote to decertify their election results. And then, when the Democrats try to challenge that in court, make them try to explain why Joe Biden deserves Arizona’s 11 electoral college votes when there were 271,000 illegal votes in the state. Good luck with that argument. The point is that Arizona’s lawmakers need to fight, and they need to fight NOW! Giving up like Karen Fann wants to do will only guarantee defeat.