Ballots, like money, are very valuable. Ballots counted in elections make all the difference in the world.
There are numerous reasons why we vote for different candidates or initiatives in elections. Perhaps as many reasons as there are people. This is why ballots counted in elections are very valuable. All who participate in elections want to make sure their ballots count. Participants want to know all legitimate ballots are counted. No one wants to have their vote not counted through cheating or mismanagement in elections.
Controls like having two people participate and then sign off on the movement of money or ballots are essential (this is called dual controls). When moving money from a safe to a teller drawer in a bank, two people will sign off on that action. The sign-off is a kind of control to ensure no one person is manipulating the money and pocketing money during the transfer.
This same activity should be done with ballots. Two people sign off on the movement of ballots and ensure no ballots are added or destroyed. Controls are essential to ensure there is no manipulation of money or ballots when transferring these valuable items.
Audits are performed to ensure the controls at a bank or in an election protect the valuable items being counted and to ensure the valuable items counted agree with reality. It is important that these audits are done properly.
Yesterday Jovan Pulitzer explained why sampling will not work when auditing ballots from elections.
Pulitzer is absolutely right. Controls should ensure all ballots counted are valid, audits ensure these controls surrounding ballots are in place to ensure all valid ballots are counted and only valid ballots are counted.
When auditors audit a bank they go to every teller’s cash drawer and count the money. They count the money in the safe. They count the other valuable items at the bank and agree these amounts to what is being reported by the bank branch.
When auditing a bank, the auditors won’t just go to one teller’s drawer and count only the number of $10 bills. This will not ensure that the bank’s inventory of cash is valid.
The same goes with ballots. You don’t just count a couple of ballots in each location and say the election has been audited, yet some states are doing this.
Some audits, like the two audits performed in Maricopa County that were paid for by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) and performed on behalf of the MCBOS, obtained a couple of voting machines, tore them apart, and determined if the couple machines (out of perhaps a thousand machines in the county) were working as expected. Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors did this and claimed their results from the election were accurate based on these exercises. The auditors didn’t look at a single ballot.
These two audits performed Maricopa County, before the current audit being performed on behalf of the Arizona Senate, were like having bank auditors enter a bank branch office, obtain the calculators next to the teller drawers, ensure they are working as intended, and then proclaiming the amount of money reported by the branch is accurate. You see, this doesn’t make sense.
This is why for valuable items like money or ballots, each and every penny and ballot needs to be audited.
In banks, there are activities to look for counterfeit money. In elections, there should be activities to determine every ballot is valid. This is what is being done in Maricopa County for the Arizona Senate as the ballots are being forensically reviewed for potential fraudulent ballots.
Ballots are counted and reviewed individually to determine if there is any evidence of fraud in the ballots. The ballots should have been transferred properly, this is documented in the ‘chain of custody’ documentation. If this is missing the related ballots are invalid. (Right now in Georgia, there are over 300,000 ballots from the 2020 Election that were counted in the election that have no chain of custody documentation with them. Arizona to date has not provided any chain of custody documentation on the 2.1 million ballots counted in Maricopa County.)
Much is being done in Maricopa County to ensure the results of the 2020 Election in the county were legitimate. All parties should welcome this exercise. The Democrats are fighting against it and sharing terrible lies about the process. This is unheard of and provides evidence that they are aware of fraudulent ballots being counted in the election. No American party should participate in fraud in US elections. There are laws against this.
These activities going on in Maricopa should be performed in every state for every ballot for every federal election. The Democrats’ bill HR1 eliminates ballots and makes it a felony to criticize voting machine companies along with other outrageous actions.