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Is AZ the New Ground Zero for War on Democracy?

Contributed by Suzanne Mead

We’ve called it #fraudit, Fann's Follies, and a rabbit hole. We chortled when the Senate GOP couldn’t find a place to stash millions of ballots, let alone a way to count them. We called Arizona’s GOP Senate a laughingstock and their exercise a pathetic, potential pyrrhic victory for deluded conspiracy theorists.

Well, it’s not so funny now. The AZ Senate’s deeply flawed endeavor is anything but laughable - it’s an attack on our electoral process and voter privacy and is every bit as dangerous as the January 6 insurrection that tried to overturn a peaceful transfer of power.

This week’s reports from the front piled one disturbing detail upon another.

  • The auditors initially used blue pens—a color that could invalidate or change a ballot’s intent when scanned.

  • A Stop the Steal proponent who actively participated in the Capitol insurrection was captured on camera with our ballots in his hands.

  • A seditionist member of Congress was observed touring the site.

  • People without clearance gained access into unsecured areas where ballots were stored.

  • Lawyers for the auditors claimed they should not have to share their procedures with the public. (A judge intervened and a document cribbed from the DOJ mysteriously appeared.)

  • Security supposedly was provided by a law enforcement group that had never been hired.

  • Audit procedures outlined in detail the steps to be taken when Antifa attacked the audit venue!

  • The audit cost is being covered by taxpayers and undisclosed outside GOP donors.

  • Reporters initially were allowed only as observers for 6-hour shifts, minus pens, papers or phones. (A pool was finally approved for shared coverage.)

For more details, please see Ruth Lambert’s audit report here.


It’s pretty clear that the “culture war”

has morphed into a war on

democratic institutions.



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Arizona a Microcosm for the Nation


The Arizona audit has not occurred in a vacuum and is only one of many planned nationwide. It has roots in a culture where disinformation and conspiracy fantasies have flourished.


In a hearing Friday before a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, national security expert Dr. Herb Lin of the Hoover Institution told lawmakers that in the modern era we are not formally at war, but we are not at peace either.*

“Information warfare threat to the United States is different from past threats, and it has the potential to destroy reason and reality as a basis for societal discourse, replacing them with rage and fantasy. Perpetual civil war, political extremism, waged in the information sphere and egged on by our adversaries is every bit as much of an existential threat to American civilization and democracy as any military threat imaginable.”

*Source: Heather Cox Richardson— Letters from an American/April 30, 2021


Good news maybe?


Some are calling upon the U.S. Justice Department to intercede and enforce provisions of the Voter Rights Act of 1965. The For the People Act currently proposed in Congress would implement a number of badly needed voter protections. Corporations also are beginning to line up vocally against voter suppression.


What can we do?


• Ask your senators to support the For the People Act

• Encourage corporations to support voter rights

• Write letters to the editor

• Share your thoughts and correct disinformation on Facebook and Twitter

• Run for office

• Support Democratic candidates

• Join LD1 and other groups committed to your values

• Become a Precinct Committee Person

• Ensure fair redistricting


Tell our senators to support For the People Act:

Kyrsten Sinema U.S. Senate (D-AZ) sinema.senate.gov 202-224-4521

Mark Kelly U.S. Senate (D-AZ) kelly.senate.gov 202-224-2235


Tell Senator Fann this audit exercise is embarrassing and dangerous. Email or call: kfann@azleg.gov 602-926-5874


Talking Points for contacting Sen. Fann:

  • Our taxpayer dollars going into this blatantly partisan audit

  • The highly questionable competency of Cyber Ninjas to conduct a professional audit of 2.1M ballots

  • Distrust in the company's access to, and potential to copy and misuse personal privacy information along with how we voted

  • Astonishment that the audit is not strictly following state laws and the state elections procedural manual

  • The absence of safeguards to assure that ballots are not being altered

For background and more talking points, visit https://www.azdemsld1.com/post/background-and-talking-points-az-gop-senate-election-audit-aka-the-fraudit


Follow these reporters on Twitter for latest updates on the Fraudit

Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror @jeremyduda

Dillon Rosenblatt, AZ Capitol Times @DillonReedRose

Laurie Roberts, Arizona Republic @LaurieRoberts

Brahm Resnik AZ Central @brahmresnik


It’s pretty clear that the “culture war”

has morphed into a war on

democratic institutions.

Arizona a Microcosm for the Nation


The Arizona audit has not occurred in a vacuum and is only one of many planned nationwide. It has roots in a culture where disinformation and conspiracy fantasies have flourished.


In a hearing Friday before a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, national security expert Dr. Herb Lin of the Hoover Institution told lawmakers that in the modern era we are not formally at war, but we are not at peace either.*

“Information warfare threat to the United States is different from past threats, and it has the potential to destroy reason and reality as a basis for societal discourse, replacing them with rage and fantasy. Perpetual civil war, political extremism, waged in the information sphere and egged on by our adversaries is every bit as much of an existential threat to American civilization and democracy as any military threat imaginable.”

*Source: Heather Cox Richardson— Letters from an American/April 30, 2021


Good news maybe?


Some are calling upon the U.S. Justice Department to intercede and enforce provisions of the Voter Rights Act of 1965. The For the People Act currently proposed in Congress would implement a number of badly needed voter protections. Corporations also are beginning to line up vocally against voter suppression.


What can we do?


• Ask your senators to support the For the People Act

• Encourage corporations to support voter rights

• Write letters to the editor

• Share your thoughts and correct disinformation on Facebook and Twitter

• Run for office

• Support Democratic candidates

• Join LD1 and other groups committed to your values

• Become a Precinct Committee Person

• Ensure fair redistricting


Tell our senators to support For the People Act:

Kyrsten Sinema U.S. Senate (D-AZ) sinema.senate.gov 202-224-4521

Mark Kelly U.S. Senate (D-AZ) kelly.senate.gov 202-224-2235


Tell Senator Fann this audit exercise is embarrassing and dangerous. Email or call: kfann@azleg.gov 602-926-5874


Talking Points for contacting Sen. Fann:

  • Our taxpayer dollars going into this blatantly partisan audit

  • The highly questionable competency of Cyber Ninjas to conduct a professional audit of 2.1M ballots

  • Distrust in the company's access to, and potential to copy and misuse personal privacy information along with how we voted

  • Astonishment that the audit is not strictly following state laws and the state elections procedural manual

  • The absence of safeguards to assure that ballots are not being altered

For background and more talking points, visit https://www.azdemsld1.com/post/background-and-talking-points-az-gop-senate-election-audit-aka-the-fraudit


Follow these reporters on Twitter for latest updates on the Fraudit

Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror @jeremyduda

Dillon Rosenblatt, AZ Capitol Times @DillonReedRose

Laurie Roberts, Arizona Republic @LaurieRoberts

Brahm Resnik AZ Central @brahmresnik

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