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Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. / PHOTO: Associated Press (Headline USA) Six months after President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election, Trump-backing skeptics are continuing their push for new examinations of ballots, building upon the success that propelled an ongoing Arizona audit from the state legislature.
A Georgia judge last week awarded a group the chance to review mail ballots in a large Georgia county that includes Atlanta.
Officials in a rural Michigan county have expressed interest in a review of their voting machines.
A similar debate has caused sharp divisions in a New Hampshire town.
In some cases, the efforts have been inspired by an audit of the votes in Arizona’s Maricopa County, an elaborate exercise backed by the GOP-led state Senate.
The profusion of audits alarms leftist election watchers, who claim that the Arizona audit has set a troubling new precedent of third-party, partisan review of the ballots, long after elections are over.
However, supporters contend that the reason behind it is the troubling precedent set by audacious and brazen vote fraud committed during the election, sometimes in plain sight.
Despite mounds of evidence gathered during post-election challenges and appeals, few judges were willing at the time to consider the cases, most dismissing them on the basis of technicalities. But Trump supporters have won the vast majority of those decided on merit.
“This is bad enough to see it happen once,” complained Eddie Perez, an expert on voting systems at the OSET Institute, said of Arizona, but seeing it elsewhere in the country is “dangerous for democracy.’”The audits are helping to fire up the Republican Party’s base. At a rally outside Phoenix last week featuring GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., references to the Arizona audit drew much more enthusiastic applause than even immigration, normally the top hot-button issue on the right in the border state.In a statement Monday night, Trump criticized Republican Party leaders for not doing more about “what went on” in November. […]