Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Arizona, Maricopa County Elections Subverts the Hand Audit of Ballots Again

This encounter took place the day after the Arizona primary election of Aug. 24th. The Maricopa elections office is having representatives from the three recognized political parties (Democratic, Republican and Libertarian) pick which 2% of the precincts to hand count at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's training center.

It didn't go quite as planned. Arizona law (ARS 16-602 paragraph B1) says "don't pick until you've announced what the results are for each precinct". This is vital - otherwise, the county can learn which precincts are going to be hand counted and just avoid rigging those. As you'll see, this legal/security violation is one of many currently under litigation. Taken together, these violations are the county election department's way of make a claim to be able to rig our vote any time they want, to whatever degree they want.

The lawsuit is about taking that "right" away from them.

The plaintiffs include a mix of voters and candidates from across the state, all affected if the 56% of the AZ vote in Maricopa is tampered with. Lead attorney is Brad Roach (Republican) backed by consulting attorney Bill Risner (Democrat and veteran of many election lawsuits in Pima County AZ) and also consulting is Libertarian attorney (and LP state chair) Michael Kielsky. Investigators are John Brakey (a Democrat who's the cameraman in the above clips) from AUDIT-AZ based in Tucson, and Jim March (Libertarian with the goatee) with AUDIT-AZ and a member of the Board of Directors of

This is not the 1st time. Video clip from November 2008.