Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) is kind of a slippery little worm, ain’t he? The conservative rockstars in the Arizona legislature sent him a big pile of awesome bills recently, and Ducey vetoed every single one of them on the Friday before Memorial Day. One of the bills would have banned teaching anti-white critical race theory in Arizona classrooms. The other would have banned the mass mailing of ballots to people who didn’t request them in the state. No wonder the Arizona Senate had to find a way to go it alone on auditing the Maricopa County results. With friends like Ducey… Anyway, in a surprising and encouraging bit of news, a Pennsylvania Senate delegation paid a surprise visit to Arizona this Wednesday.
It’s surprising because there hasn’t been a hint of Pennsylvania jumping on board the audit train to date. The state hasn’t been part of an overarching strategy thus far. As I wrote previously, there are enough electoral votes in Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin to snatch Joe Biden’s false victory out from under him. In fact, with those three states’ votes overturned, we would have a historic 269-269 tie in the Electoral College (which would default to a Trump victory in a House of Representatives run-off vote).
Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would bring the result of the 2020 election to a 289-249 Trump victory. And that’s without checking the results of other states that I know Donald Trump won in 2020, such as Nevada, Virginia, Oregon and Maine.
The Pennsylvania delegation visited with the Arizona state senate to see how the audit has been conducted and seems to be signaling that we’ll be seeing a similar audit in their state very soon. The heroes in the Arizona operations were extremely smart in the way they carried out the audit. The Maricopa County audit is being conducted by the Arizona Senate (which subcontracted out to Cyber Ninjas, the firm doing the actual audit). The Senate paid for it with already-existing funds.
This was smart, because the Arizona Senate didn’t have to worry about shepherding a bill through the state House and then sit there dumbfounded as their “Republican” Governor vetoed it. Ducey may be playing for the other team, but the Arizona Senate found a way to sidestep him entirely and still conduct an audit of the 2020 election results.
Pennsylvania is saddled with another piece of work for a governor – Tom Wolf. There’s no way that Wolf would sign off on legislation to do an audit of the Pennsylvania results, so the PA Senate can hopefully use similar legislative tricks to authorize their own audit. Nicely done!
The Pennsylvania delegation is also checking out the audit because this has never been done before. We’ve never had a forensic audit of a presidential election. This first-of-its-kind event is being done in four stages: A comparison of registrations versus votes cast; a hand count and vote tally audit (being done right now); an audit of the voting systems and machines; and an audit of the reported results versus the actual numbers the auditors will find.
The Pennsylvania delegation was encouraged by what they’re seeing, and Senator Doug Mastriano noted that this looks like it should be gold standard for presidential audits going forward. The auditors are leaving nothing to chance and no stone unturned (hopefully).
You probably saw this past week that one of President Trump’s former attorneys was trying to throw cold water on the idea of Donald Trump being reinstated to the office that he rightfully won. Jenna Ellis noted that the constitutional process to put Joe Biden in office has played out, so there’s “nothing” else that can be done. This is naïve at best and gaslighting at worst.
If the series of audits proves that Joe Biden never got 270 electoral votes in the first place, there are and there will be remedies. Joe Biden lost by a lot. When that is proven conclusively, there will be a flurry of emergency lawsuits, and that will only be the beginning. If it’s proven that Joe Biden stole the presidency with a minority of Electoral College votes, he’s not going to be staying in office, regardless of “process.”
I think we can expect a big announcement about another audit from the Pennsylvania legislature very soon.