By Robert Willmann
Cochise County, Arizona has a population estimated by the U.S. Census to be 126,050. In order to do its part to support democracy and have an honest election, it wanted to hand count the ballots in the county for all of the races in the 2022 midterm election. When the Arizona Secretary of State’s office heard about the audacity of Cochise County, that office sent a revealing letter dated 19 October 2022 which said: “a hand count of all votes cast … would be unlawful”.
This letter is a public admission of how laws can be passed in a state to create a voting structure that makes voting fraud easier and any realistic audit impossible. And the letter is directed at only one part of the election process, the possibility of hand counting ballots. The language in the letter excoriating a full hand count is shameless in its dishonesty. But the key is recognizing that Arizona law was deliberately written to prevent a hand count of ballots, as well as to prevent a hand count audit and recount.
Early voting in Arizona apparently starts about a month before election day, since the letter says: “Early voting for the 2022 General Election began over a week ago [before 19 October], and counties are already permitted by law to begin processing and tabulating ballots”. This sounds as if they can start counting votes before election day! Lyndon Johnson would be green with envy and could only wish he had such an easy voting structure to deal with when he stole the 1948 Democratic primary election in Texas for the U.S. Senate.
Reading this letter more than once is useful, and will help one to understand how Arizona law has been poisoned. Furthermore, the language used reveals what the attitude of the Secretary of State’s office is–
Katie Hobbs is the Arizona Secretary of State, and she is running against Kari Lake for governor. It is my understanding that a meeting of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Monday, 28 November 2022, at which the election and perhaps the official canvass — or “certification” — of the votes will be discussed. Maricopa County is estimated to have a population of 4,496,588. Problems with the machines and other aspects of the election there were extensive and disgraceful.
I think that in a raw political move — regardless of what reality might be — the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is going to say the election there is certified and that Katie Hobbs got more votes than Kari Lake.