You'd think the media would be all over the fact that Maricopa County is doing a hand audit of the 2020 election results.
After all, we've been repeatedly told for months that there was no fraud, all those ballots were voted by actual people and the results are what they are.
Ok, so now we have a group of people who through legislative process as Senators in the State, are doing exactly what ballot retention laws are there to make possible: A full, hand audit -- not a machine recount -- of the results.
Why a hand audit? Because it's the only way you can reasonably detect things like alleged mailed-in ballots with no creases in the paper, which is hard, forensic proof they were not mailed back in the required envelope, which cannot accept the ballot unless it is folded, as just one example.
So where is the national media on this? Absent.
There are a few reports from state and local media, such as here, but no widespread national coverage.
There should be, and it should go well beyond the transparent propaganda of the Beelzebezos "may it hurt" Post.
Among other things Democrats brought in national folks like Perkins Cole to try to stop it with a last-minute lawsuit asking for an injunction. The Judge wasn't having it, demanding a $1 million bond to get the injunction protecting the Senate and county from any costs associated with such a delay. The Democrats freaked out at the surety bond requirement and thus the counting began.
The Democrats' claims in this regard are patently absurd; there is no personal integrity risk in hand-auditing ballots since once separated from any mailed-in envelopes it is impossible to know who cast what ballot. As such it's flatly impossible for there to be a privacy issue; it simply can't happen.
The Democrats also argue that "conspiracy buffs" are involved in the audit. Again, so what if they are?
Whether you believe in conspiracies of various sorts or not the facts are what they are. There are three persons doing each ballot examination. There are two cameras recording each counting station; one above and one at table level. The record will be preserved, and it is what it is.
Yes, I know, machine recounts have been performed. So what? A machine recount just counts the paper that's there. Who's examined the provenance of the paper? Nobody, on a comprehensive basis. "Random" samples were examined? Prove the samples were random and comprehensive enough to catch anything hinky. The margin of victory in question here is some 10,000 votes, and this one county alone is more than 2 million votes. Less than 1% is all it takes.
The entire reason that laws require the retention of all election materials for extended periods of time is exactly this; if someone wants to challenge the integrity of the physical paper itself, and is willing to fund the effort, no matter who they are and no matter how kooky they appear, the premise of fair and free elections requires that this and all similar efforts go forward. They're writing the check, there is no privacy issue that can be implicated as a cast ballot cannot be linked to a specific person, so what's the problem?
Anyone should be able to demand and do this in any jurisdiction of the United States, anywhere -- so long as they're willing to fund the cost including the required chain-of-custody security. Exactly nobody, in a free society with allegedly fair elections, should ever be required to accept "trust us." Nope.
If there's no hinky compromise to be found, then there is not. You can't make what's not there appear out of whole cloth.
So why would the Democrats care if some group, no matter their motivation, blow a lot of money on something that they know is a waste of time because there as nothing wrong with the ballots, no systemic fraud existed, and nothing that shouldn't have happened to skew the results did?
Don't you like it when your opponent does stupid things and wastes money? Of course you do. That which they waste on stupid things they can't spend on smart things -- like calling your governing record out prior to the next election and trying to eject you at the ballot box.
Give me just one valid reason with a fully legitimate, no games played and no fraud election that you would not want these crazy conspiracy theorists to blow a huge pile of money on a worthless venture?
Just one reason.
Why is it that all I hear is crickets.......