GOP state lawmaker demands forensic voting audit in Florida

GOP state lawmaker demands forensic voting audit in Florida
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A GOP lawmaker called for a forensic voting audit in Florida on Monday as he cited "significant irregularities" in similar inquiries in Georgia and Arizona.

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, demanded the Florida secretary of state and local election authorities investigate the five most populous counties: Hillsborough, Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Orange. He also urged top leaders in the state Legislature to pass a bill allowing top authorities "any tools they need to ensure that audits are thoroughly conducted."

"A full forensic audit of the five counties must be done immediately," Sabatini said. "Florida voters' confidence in our elections is at an all-time low. Disturbing revelations in Arizona, Georgia and other states make clear that the Secretary of State needs to do more than attempt to secure future elections. They must also look back and ensure that laws already on the books were followed in previous elections."

"This is not a partisan issue and is a necessary step in ensuring voter confidence in future elections," he continued, adding that "it's about time" election officials "start showing some transparency."

VOTING MACHINES IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FULTON COUNTY DECERTIFIED AFTER AUDIT

Sabatini's request is one of the first in a state that Trump won during the 2020 presidential election. Trump bested President Joe Biden by nearly 372,000 votes in the Sunshine State in one of his most resounding victories. The two high-profile audits conducted since the election were in Georgia and Arizona, two red strongholds the former president lost.

In Georgia's Fulton County, a group dubbed VoterGA claimed to have located a number of irregularities, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that election authorities double-counted at least 200 ballots, though the mistake likely had little to no effect on the results of the race. Still, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger lashed out and demanded Fulton county brass be fired for "continued failures" with "no accountability."

In Maricopa County, Arizona, state Senate President Karen Fann hired contractors, led by the firm Cyber Ninjas, to manage an election audit that began on April 23. The review, which includes a hand recount, has extended long past the initially anticipated end date of May 14 as it has been bombarded by legal challenges and scrutiny.

A similar attempt is underway in Pennsylvania. State Sen. Doug Mastriano sent letters to multiple counties in the state earlier in the month, demanding they provide voting system information to a third-party software company called Wake TSI. The top brass has warned counties not to comply with the request from Mastriano, though Pennsylvania's Fulton County provided data anyway.

Last week, Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Commonwealth Veronica Degraffenreid forced Fulton to do away with its Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A voting system, employed in the 2020 presidential election, after Wake TSI was allowed in December to gain access to and look over its “election database, results files, and Windows system logs."

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"These actions were taken in a manner that was not transparent or bipartisan," Degraffenreid wrote. "As a result of the access granted to Wake TSI, Fulton County’s certified system has been compromised and neither Fulton County; the vendor, Dominion Voting Systems; nor the Department of State can verify that the impacted components of Fulton County’s leased voting system are safe to use in future elections."

Despite claims from Trump and his allies, top election authorities throughout the country have denied any widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential race.

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Original Author: Jake Dima

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