The Arizona Senate wants a full recount. What is the next step, a new vote?

Arizona has strict laws governing when a recount is triggered during an election.

Recount in statewide candidate races are required when:

A. The margin of victory is less than one tenth of 1% of the number of votes cast for both candidates.

B. The margin of victory is less than 200 votes, if more than 25,000 votes were cast in the race, or less than 50 when there are less than 25,000 votes.

C. Every time Donald Trump loses, apparently.

Senate Speaker Karen Fann decided to deviate from state law and not just the much-promised “full forensic audit,” but a full recount — by hand, of course — of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots in the November election.

“When all of the work is complete, there will be a full report for the Senate and county to consider,” Fann said in a statement released Thursday. “Our voters are waiting for this audit, and it can be a big step in restoring trust in our electoral process.”

She’s kidding, right?

Never mind the proof that it was right

It has become painfully, almost comically obvious that the only outcome Republican voters will accept is one that results in a victory for Donald Trump.

To recap, for the 5,342nd time:

  • There was no evidence of fraud in this election.
  • Conspiracy theories floated by state Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and Rep. Paul Gosar do not constitute evidence.
  • The legally mandated manual count of 2% of county polling center ballots and 1% of advance ballots – witnessed by all three political parties – yielded a 100% match with the machine count .
  • Every pre- and post-election test of the machinery showed that it worked perfectly.
  • And another county audit – conducted by two independent auditing firms in an attempt to quell Republican hysteria – concluded that the tab machine had not been hacked or even connected to the Internet, that the software had not changed and there was no evidence that the votes had been reversed. .

None of this matters to Karen Fann and her fellow Republican leaders who continue to reinforce this ridiculous idea that the election must have been stolen because their guy lost.

State Law? Who cares what it says?

So now the Senate is overturning state law to order a full recount of an election held four months ago.

Fann won’t say who will do this recount or where it will happen, except that she is about to hire an auditor and is considering bringing in volunteers to save money.

She had planned to hire allied security operations groupthe so-called experts who provided Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell with a since-debunked analysis of how the election was stolen.

Once the public caught wind of it, she quickly backed off. But the mere fact that Fann reportedly even considered hiring Trump-affiliated auditors pretty much tells you all you need to know about this effort to “restore confidence” in our elections.

Now comes the recount. Senate rejects all laws governing when recounts are allowed and who can order them and how they should be done.

Our leaders are now apparently a law unto themselves.

Where will Fann lead this circus?

Still, I’m pretty sure, given all of this fraud Fann expects to find, that she plans to narrate not just the presidential race, but all of the Maricopa County legislative races as well.

You know, if it’s really about restoring trust.

No word yet on where Fann plans to do this recount, which will likely be a massive undertaking requiring dozens of observers of all political persuasions, live video feeds for people at home and security. 24 hours a day for those ballots, envelopes, and all election information the Senate has demanded from every voter in Maricopa County who cast their ballots in this election.

I can’t imagine county officials who were threatened with jail time for refusing to turn in ballots — believing state law didn’t allow them to do so — have any real interest in lending their offices. or their credibility at this circus.

Maybe she could do it in the Senate chamber. Or maybe the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

If I remember correctly, they used to do a really good job as hosts when the circus came to town.

Contact Roberts at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurieRoberts.

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