As we noted before, the Arizona Senate’s audit of the 2020 Election results in Maricopa County is best in class for numerous reasons. The work that any county in the nation performed after the election will never match the work done in the Senate’s audit in Maricopa County, especially the work in Yavapai County, Arizona.
The Democrats don’t want audits of any results from the 2020 election. But there is nothing like the work being done for the Senate in Maricopa County.
In April, the Yayapai Arizona Elections Director, Lynn Constabile, was asked if the Yavapai County would consider welcoming an audit similar to the audit going on in Maricopa County, which is sponsored by the Arizona Senate. Prescott is the major city in this county. The reply to the request was to talk down to the requester of the audit and to describe the state-required ‘audits’ performed by the County.
Big note – ‘audits’ described by county directors around the country are not audits. They are better classified as ‘limited quality control reviews’. Around the US these before and after election activities have been described as audits and they are not even close to being audits. Some jurisdictions have claimed these ‘audits’ are all that is needed after the 2020 Election. This is definitely not the case.
Below is Yavapai’s Elections Director’s response to the audit request:
Here are some of the reasons why the ‘audits’ described by the County Elections Director in Yavapai County are not even close to the audit being performed in Maricopa County.
The Arizona Senate clearly just wanted to get to the truth and the accurate vote count from the 2020 Election for President and Senator in Maricopa County. They have no agenda other than that. They have listened to their constituents and are doing the audit in response.
The Yavapai Elections Director claims the limited activities that took place in her county before and after the 2020 election were enough. She does not welcome an audit even though what has been done to date is very weak.
Independence and Objectivity:
In such a big audit, items will be raised and are going to be challenged. The Senate hired a team of independent auditors, from out of state. Although criticized by the Democrats, overall we have seen no signs of a lack of independence and objectivity in the activities in the audit to date. The auditors have no skin in the game and inhibit the professionalism required to perform such an audit.
The Yavapai Elections Director, describes work performed by her department. This work is not objective or independent because she and her team have a vested interest in the results of their work.
The Senate audit in Maricopa County includes audits of 8 truckloads of voting machines, estimated at up to 120 voting machines. It also includes an entire forensic review and recount of every ballot counted in the election (2.1 million ballots). The auditors have requested routers and system passwords which the MCBOS is refusing to provide.
The MCBOS also deleted an entire database before handing the machines to be audited to the Senate auditors:
The Yavapai County ‘limited scope reviews do not include a forensic review of every ballot in the county. The county limits their work to the following activities that make them feel good, like they’ve done something, but in reality, this work will never prevent election fraud in this county:
The Yavapai County’s work is severely lacking. Again, it is not audit work, it is more accurately labeled a limited quality control review. In today’s environment, much more work needs to be done to protect the election process.
It is unknown how the Director can determine that each candidate and measure received the accurate number of votes as claimed? Do they ask each voter who they voted for and reconcile this to the results of the election?
The Secretary of State’s Office performs a random test of precincts and machines. Who even knows what is being done here. If Katie Hobbs is behind it, the level of independence and credibility drops to zero based on her biased and crooked actions to date.
The tabulation test of machines appears to be a worthless activity and the hand recount will never address invalid ballots based on a number of different ways fraud can occur.
Quickly you can see that the work labeled as an audit in Yavapai County is limited in scope and activity. Because of the lack of independence, to no one’s surprise, they found no issues.
The Senate’s goal is to forensically audit all the ballots for validity by checking folds, paper types, ink, the format of ballots, and more. The truckloads of voting machines are being audited by a separate team of auditors than those auditing the ballots. This audit has been in progress for nearly two months. The audit team has indicated it is through 100% of the ballots to date in their recount and still has to finish their forensic audit review.
The Yavapai County work likely only took a few weeks to complete. The limited scope provided for such a short period of time for the audit.
The Senate has allowed for around $150,000 for the audit. There apparently are others who are funding the work of the auditors but their identities have been kept a secret. This has been one of the MCBOS’s bones of contention. It’s unknown how much the Yavapai County limited audit work costs.
The MCBOS wasted around $100,000 on their audits.
Quality of Audit:
The Senate audit is really incredible. It is taking time but the scope warrants it. We already know that there are issues with the routers which indicates the County doesn’t want the auditors to know where data went during the election time frame. There are issues with passwords, indicating that Dominion ran the audit and not those legally required to do so. No doubt there is more in the ballot review. The chain of custody documentation has not been turned over indicating there is none or not near enough documentation to support the absentee ballots counted in the election.
The Yavapai County ‘audit’ is weak. This work is not done by experts in the field of IT or accounting that we know of. There is no indication that any ‘auditors’ who participated are qualified in any way.
Transparency and security:
The Senate’s audit is best in class in regards to transparency and security. At least 9 cameras are on the audit floor 24 hours a day. (This has never been done before in any audit I am aware of. I’ve done hundreds of audits around the world and never was videotaped while performing my work.)
We have no idea what sort of security the Yavapai work includes.