The U.S. Department of Justice is very worried about ballot security and possible voter intimidation coming from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s private recount of the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County.
The Civil Rights division of the DOJ penned a letter to GOP Senate President Karen Fann and stated that their “farming out” of 2.1 million ballots from the most populous county in the state to a contractor might violate federal law that mandates ballots to continue being under the jurisdiction of election officials for over 22 months.
“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act,” Karlan wrote. “Such investigative efforts can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters that can deter them from seeking to vote in the future.”
Karlan wants Fann to lay out how the Senate and its contractors will ensure federal laws are followed. She pointed to news reports showing lax security at the former basketball arena where the ballots are being recounted by hand.advertisement — content continues below
Fann said Senate attorneys were working on a response she promised to share when it was completed.
So if there isn’t any voter fraud, why is the Democratic Party so darn worried about this forensic audit? Is it really due to concerns about election integrity or are they scared of what might come to light during the recount?
At this point it’s hard to say. The one thing we know is this particular recount continues to be a source of controversy.