The Republican accountable for elections in Maricopa County has shredded the ongoing recount introduced via the GOP-dominated Arizona state Senate in a scathing opinion article within the conservative Nationwide Evaluate.
County Recorder Stephen Richer on Thursday slammed the “wildest election conspiracy theories” at the back of the Cyber Ninjas company working the recount. It’s inexplicably auditing ballots in simplest some of the state’s 15 counties — and simplest two races. The ones races have been gained via Democrats Joe Biden, now president, and Mark Kelly, now a U.S. senator, Richer notes. (The truth that Republicans gained different races on the very same ballots would take some explaining if the votes have been someway “rigged.”)
What truly blows away Richer is your complete loss of revel in of the “tiny cybersecurity company” Cyber Ninjas from Sarasota, Florida, whom no person had heard of till now.
“That is the first election audit ever run by Cyber Ninjas,” Richer writes. “You didn’t learn that unsuitable: Sooner than being passed the lead place in perhaps probably the most consequential post-election audit ever, Cyber Ninjas had run 0 election audits,” he provides.
“Understandably, no one within the elections group had ever heard of Cyber Ninjas. Neither Christian Ziegler, vice president of the Republican Birthday party of Florida — the place the Cyber Ninjas are from — nor Rep. Vern Buchanan, whose election in 2006 led to adjustments to Florida election legislation, had in the past heard of, or labored with, Cyber Ninjas,” Richer issues out.
Richer when put next the placement to American citizens’ tax returns being audited for the Inner Earnings Provider via any person with “no appropriate skilled credentials,” who had “by no means in the past run a tax audit” and “believed that Hugo Chavez” — the overdue dictator of Venezuela — had “nefariously managed your tax-auditing tool.” Oh, and the auditor had “publicly mentioned previous to inspecting your taxes that you simply’d indubitably dedicated tax fraud.”
That’s a dig at Doug Logan, the landlord and operator of Cyber Ninjas, who wrote a document that claimed, amongst different vote fraud theories, that Chavez someway from the grave rigged the presidential election in opposition to Donald Trump. Logan has additionally retweeted messages like: “I’m uninterested in listening to other folks say there was once no fraud. It took place, it’s actual, and other folks higher get smart speedy,” Richer issues out.
Logan has “authored a document known as ‘Election Fraud Info & Main points’ for conspiracy-theorist-in-chief Sidney Powell, who has began making a song an overly other song since getting sued via Dominion for defamation,” Richer provides.
And that’s now not even the strangest factor. The Cyber Ninjas also are poring over ballots in a hunt for watermarks, which aren’t used within the state’s ballots, and in the hunt for strains of bamboo, which they’re satisfied could be proof of tampering via China. The ballots, explains Richer, are revealed in Arizona.
There’s “no documented procedure for vetting audit staff, however that part is now being controlled via Patrick Byrne, some other election conspiracy theorist and pal of Sidney Powell,” notes Richer.
The vote in Maricopa County, house to two-thirds of the state’s citizens, is totally official, Richer broadcasts. The depend and machines have been rechecked many times beneath the strictest protocols, and the election has surmounted 8 courtroom demanding situations.
“Maricopa County as it should be tabulated the November 3 ballots,” Richer broadcasts within the op-ed. “I say this with none bias or pores and skin within the recreation. The irony of all of that is that I used to be simply a candidate in November. If truth be told, I defeated the incumbent Democrat who was once in the past the highest elections reliable for the county. (I assume he forgot to rig his personal election? Or was once it a suave ruse?)”
He concludes: “Cyber Ninjas? I’m now not going to imagine a darn factor they are saying. And I’m a Republican who voted for Trump.”
Take a look at Richer’s entire opinion piece here.
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