HOW CURIOUS: Democrats Object To Hand Recount In Arizona Governor Race

The state of Arizona is still counting ballots, despite the fact that the election was five days ago.

Some election supervisors have suggested a hand recount, but Democrats are objecting. Why do you suppose that would be?

This whole thing stinks from top to bottom.

From the Associated Press:

The board of supervisors in a southern Arizona county will meet next week to consider counting nearly all the ballots cast in-person on Election Day, despite an earlier court order limiting the hand-count driven by unfounded distrust in machines that tabulate votes.

The actual count may start before Tuesday’s planned meeting of the Cochise County board, and the local prosecutor is warning starting it at any time may lead to criminal charges.

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The moves come just days after a judge ruled that state law bars expanding the normal small hand-count audit of early ballots. He also ruled that a 100% hand-count of Election Day ballots is illegal because any expansion for precincts chosen for those reviews must be picked at random.

Jazz Shaw writes at Hot Air:

There is seemingly more being revealed here than any potential flaws in Arizona’s electoral process or voting machinery. Why would Democrats be so uniformly opposed to a hand count? What is the downside of doing it?

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When the “official” count as tallied by the machines is finished, they can release those results immediately. But even if it takes weeks to complete the hand count, those numbers could then be matched against the machine tally.

In what universe is that a bad thing? If the counts match up (or come within a reasonable margin of error that wouldn’t change the outcome), then all is right with the world and the confidence of the voters will be enhanced. If the numbers are grossly different, then a serious problem will have been exposed and corrective measures can be taken prior to the next election.

Even if it leads to the final result being changed, people will at least be able to walk away feeling that the election was fairly conducted and decided.

This doesn’t look good. Not good at all.

 

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