The Arizona state politicians who have invited the wonky Cyber Ninjas into their elections with open arms just got their second warning from the Department of Justice. Of course, the Arizona political people ignored the first one as this bizarre “audit” continued. They handed over all the Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 presidential election, but not the rest of the state’s counties’ ballots, because so many Democrats voted last year. It gets very interesting.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent the Arizona state Senate a letter in May indicating that it was “at risk of violating the act with its audit.” It pointed at the 2.1 million ballots the state Senate subpoenaed from the one county and handed off to the Cyber Ninjas, the AZMirror reported. The contractor’s CEO is a conspiracy theorist and known to Donald Trump.
In addition, the Cyber Ninjas had gone to some homes knocking on doors and asked the people how they voted, even though they denied they had gone through with this voter intimidation tactic, which is also illegal. They only stopped after receiving the DOJ’s letter.
Contractors had to put tarps over boxes of ballots to keep the leaking roof where they were working from damaging the ballots. Not quite up to the standards of professional auditors. You see, the Cyber Ninjas have never performed an audit and are far, far from professionals. They began examining ballots from the 2020 election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 1 in Phoenix. It was supposed to last three weeks, but they are still at it, according to The Buzzfeed News.
The second warning went out from the DOJ on Wednesday. It pointed to federal laws this audit could be violating. Election officials must retain and preserve federal election materials 22 months after an election.
According to the new guidance from the DOJ:
‘[The Department of Justice is] concerned that some jurisdictions conducting [audits] may be using, or proposing to use, procedures that risk violating the Civil Rights Act.’
After the Arizona audit began making the news, some other states have expressed their desire for a like audit. These include Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The DOJ’s letter is for all states:
‘[J]urisdictions generally that if they are going to conduct these audits — so-called audits … they have to comply with federal law.’
At this point, the DOJ has not stated whether or not they would press on against the Arizona audit. Its officials stated:
‘[They] can’t comment on any investigations that might be ongoing.’
The guidance continues:
‘[The guidance] sets down a marker that says the Justice Department is concerned about this.’
Next, the guidance pointed out:
‘This risk is exacerbated if the election records are given to private actors who have neither experience nor expertise in handling such records and who are unfamiliar with the obligations imposed by federal law.’
The guidance also noted, these fake audits fall under a federal crime:
‘[It is a federal crime to] willfully fail to comply with the retention and preservation requirements [and that anyone found guilty] could face fines of up to $1000 and imprisonment of up to one year for each violation.’
The DOJ added this about the ballots:
‘[There is] significant risk of the records being lost, stolen, altered, compromised, or destroyed [or not under official control.]’
To read the entire guidance from the Department of Justice click on this link.
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