A fascinating development is coming out of Arizona in the wake of Kari Lake’s ongoing election court case. The Republican-dominated Arizona legislature is taking matters into its own hands.
– Kari Lake case reveals incompetence in the signature verification process, raising doubts about election integrity.
– Bold measures by the Arizona Senate could inspire other Republican legislatures to combat political corruption.
– Arizona Senate Majority Leader bans electronic voting machines for federal elections!
AZ Senate Majority Leader Sonny Borelli has issued a formal letter to every county election office in the state notifying them that electronic voting machines can no longer be used in the federal elections. This letter comes on the heels of the Arizona legislature’s recent passage of a bill that requires all election equipment, including voting machines, to be made only with domestic components and assembled in the United States. However, currently, there are no machines that meet such specifications.
The recently passed legislation aims to enhance election security and make it easier to investigate any potential issues. The legislation was vetoed by Katie Hobbs, who became governor after she, as then-secretary of state, put herself in charge of counting her opponents’ votes. The Republicans in the Arizona legislature were hardly deterred. In response to the veto, the Arizona Senate passed a resolution that the senate president claims is binding on all of Arizona’s 15 counties, effectively barring them from using machines to count ballots in federal elections.
They just issued a press release which said, ‘Arizona State Senate Majority Leader Sonny Borrelli is notifying all County Board of Supervisors within the state of Arizona via letter today that they must prioritize protecting national security during any future elections. In 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security issued a statement designating elections infrastructure as critical infrastructure, which means these electronic systems must have safeguards in place to prevent any attacks which threaten our national security.
The Legislature is exercising our plenary authority to see that no electronic voting systems in the state of Arizona are used as the primary method for conducting, counting, tabulating, or verifying federal elections unless those systems meet necessary standards of protection. It is in our state’s and nation’s best interest that we comply with the implementation of security measures to protect our republic.” So the key there was his citing of this notion of plenary authority. The US Constitution, under Article 1 Section 4, gives state legislatures what’s called the ‘plenary authority’ to conduct elections in the time, place, and manner of their choosing.
State legislatures do not need the governor’s permission to do this. Reading the way the local Arizona media is covering this, you’d never know that. The Arizona media is radically liberal. They are dismissing this all as nothing more than a stunt by the Republican legislature. The new Democrat secretary of state and Attorney General aren’t going to abide by this. This resolution may end up in court, and given what has been seen so far in the Kari Lake case, this doesn’t provide much hope.
The judge has yet again dismissed her case, despite all of the evidence she put forward on the incompetence surrounding signature verification, because, in the judge’s words, “signature verification protocols were followed ‘in some fashion.’” The combination of the Arizona senate’s efforts and what Kari Lake demonstrated in court are going to have a very significant effect going forward; you’re going to love this.
The bottom line of the Kari Lake trial comes down to whether or not AZ state workers fulfill the signature verification requirements for a valid election. According to eyewitness testimony, nearly 300,000 mail-in ballots were processed in 36 hours, even though it takes 24 hours to process 60,000. Signature verification of over 298,000 ballots in 36 hours is simply impossible. Then Kari Lake’s legal team played for the court surveillance video where you can see one poll worker scrolling through ballots next to another one doing the same, and that one worker is zipping through them at a fast rate compared with the other worker who was doing his job. This person ended up ‘verifying’ upwards of nearly 30,000 signatures.
The signature matching percentage shows that signatures verified in under two seconds was 100% and those verified in under 3 seconds had over 99% verification. In GA, the norm in 2016 was a rejection rate of 5%, so they’re not verifying signatures. Kari Lake’s team showed extraordinary evidence to the court that the signature verification process was not faithfully employed and adhered to by poll workers. Regardless of the court’s decision to dismiss the case, Kari Lake has successfully exposed how horrific Maricopa County election protocol is.
It is likely not a coincidence that this cease and desist letter sent out by the Senate Majority leader came on the heels of this judge’s ruling on the Kari Lake case. As far as the Republican-dominated Senate is concerned, they’ve seen enough and they are ordering all county election supervisors to stop using their current electronic voting machines for all future federal elections. These measures are bold and courageous, and I think are the model Republican legislatures throughout the nation should be following in taking back their state from what many perceive to be an incurably corrupt permanent political class.
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