By Annalisa Pesek
The marriage of Big Tech and government censorship intensified this week, with Twitter permanently suspending multiple accounts covering post-election audits in states across the country, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) delivering on its promise to subject all election audits to federal review.
On Tuesday, accounts for the Arizona Audit and the Audit War Room both went dark, allegedly for violating the platform’s “rules regarding platform manipulation and spam.” Then on Wednesday, the DOJ published the report “Federal Law Constraints on Post-Election ‘Audits,” outlining federal guidance by the Biden administration for election probes with which “every jurisdiction must comply,” regardless of relevant state law.
HAPPENING NOW: Twitter just suspended the Arizona Audit account and the Arizona Audit War Room Account. They are blocking the release of audit information on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/dSu8NfquBH
— Christina Bobb (@christina_bobb) July 27, 2021
“There have been reports with respect to some of the post-2020 ballot examinations,” read the document, “of proposals to contact individuals face to face to see whether the individuals were qualified voters who had actually voted. See, e.g., Cyber Ninjas Statement of Work ¶ 5.1 (proposing to select three precincts in a large urban county to collect information from individuals through ‘a combination of phone calls and physical canvassing’). This sort of activity raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters.”
The report comes after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had warned in mid-June that the DOJ would intervene should any state utilize what he termed “abnormal post-election audit methodologies” that violate federal laws.
Garland’s remarks, without citing the Arizona audit directly, undoubtedly took aim at states conducting or considering full forensic reviews of the November 2020 presidential election.
Firing back in a caustic letter, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich accused Garland of “display[ing] an alarming disdain for state sovereignty as defined under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the election provisions in Articles I and II.”
Since June, more than a dozen states have looked into reviews similar to the audit in Arizona, including Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, and Florida.
The suspension of Twitter accounts @MaricopaArizonaAudit, @AuditWarRoom, @AuditWarRoom – PA, and @AuditGeorgia were allegedly for violating the platform’s “rules regarding platform manipulation and spam,” according to the leftist outlet BuzzFeed, which obtained a statement from Twitter.
Meanwhile, evidence pointing to massive fraud in the 2020 election continues to surface in the preliminary findings of post-election reviews.
In Maricopa County, for example, the Republican-led audit, conducted by the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas, has so far discovered significant discrepancies in hundreds of mail-in ballots missing a chain of custody, as well as images of envelopes with unverifiable signatures, and more than 10,000 voters registered after Election Day. Moreover, a staggering 74,000 mail-in ballots have “no evidence of ever being sent.”
In Georgia, the election-integrity group VoterGA obtained a court order in May permitting the organization to inspect images of hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots following the state’s post-election audit in November 2020.
That recount, praised by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, was deemed “fatally flawed” by VoterGA after the nonprofit’s own review uncovered a whopping 60-percent error rate. In addition, VoterGA claims that Fulton County falsified tally sheets, found three days of chain-of-custody forms were missing, and that duplicate reporting of batches had occurred.
On Wednesday, a third recount wrapped up in Arizona. This physical tabulation of ballots was recommended by the Senate’s lawyer after the numbers from the first recount and those reported by Maricopa County didn’t align.
“The data gathered by the auditors will now be taken to their labs for analysis,” and the ballots “returned to Maricopa County,” Arizona Senate President Fann told the Epoch Times.
“With the completion of the ‘hands on’ work this week, the auditors will now be doing the analysis of all the data collected to submit the results,” said Fann in a statement. “We sincerely hope Maricopa County will produce the missing documents and information we have requested for the audit to be complete and finalized. The voters deserve to know their votes are safe, secure and legally counted.”
Meanwhile, Maricopa’s County Board of Supervisors has refused to provide subpoenaed items and information requested by the Senate, including election routers and images of routers containing log sheets of critical information stored on Dominion voting machines.
Maricopa board officials have publicly decried the audit methods as “flawed” and subject to “produce incorrect results.” On Monday, new subpoenas were issued to board officials by Fann and Arizona Senate Judiciary Chairman Warren Petersen, requesting “ballot envelopes or ballot envelope images, voter records, and routers or router images.”
Initial findings of the Maricopa full-hand recount, the paper evaluation, and voter data analysis — the forensic aspect of the audit should be complete in August — seem to indicate Arizona could be the first state in the Union to decertify its 2020 presidential election results, yet seeing as there is no constitutional rule that addresses a recall of state electors, it’s difficult to say what will happen.
Arizona House Representative Mark Finchem, a Republican, told The New American that “while the Senate cannot act unilaterally to decertify the results, it can act in concert with the House. It has to be the entire legislature.”
With Big Tech, in cooperation with the Biden administration, ramping up censorship of American free speech and also mischaracterizing investigations into election fraud as “conspiracy theories,” the clock is ticking on the fight for free and fair elections in this country. This should be deeply troubling for all Americans, as election integrity has never been a partisan issue. For without free and fair elections, the land of the free and home of the brave no longer will be.