Arizona monitoring of the 2020 presidential ballot could lead to a “cueon problem,” according to the Watchdog organization Media Matters.
The state’s Republican-controlled Senate ordered the review of nearly 2.1 million ballots in Mericopa County in April, following months of baseless allegations of voter fraud. President Donald Trump, His supporters and the limited group that they say has cost him the election.
Joe Biden, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Arizona since 1996, contributed to Biden’s Electoral College, winning nearly 10,000 of the 3.3 million votes cast. Victory.
Ballots and computer hard drives containing information about the vote count were seized and given to the cyber ninjas, the agency chosen to oversee the monitoring. Arizona Senate.
The Associated Press reports that Cyber Ninjas has “no election experience” and is run by Doug Logan.
Many of these theories were put forward Qian, A broad set of conspiratorial ideas that surround the idea Trump was chosen to fight with a liberal “deep state” cable that harms the blood of children to stay young.
These conspiracies are believed to have served as an inspirational factor January 6 Rebellion Trump supporters stormed the U.S. capital to prevent a joint session of Congress from proving Biden’s victory.
According to Media Matters Report, Written by Olivia Little, “proves to be the key to that endeavor, and much of the work to generate support for it has come from two.” Qian Followers, Liz Harris and Bobby Pitton.
Media Matters says Harris and Peyton “enjoy the role of influence as the two main promoters Arizona Election The conspiracy theory of fraud with the authorities, works behind the scenes.
A report from the Republic of Arizona, quoted by Media Matters, claims that Harris and Peyton are influential figures in the surveillance.
Harris ran as a Republican for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2020, but lost. He has made “grassroots” efforts to find voter fraud and “livestreams multiple videos a day about the Arizona audit on YouTube and Facebook,” Media Matters reported.
Peyton is the head of an investment planning firm in Illinois.
Media Matters further said that the three seem to be connected. It noted Pitton’s claim on the far-right social media platform Gab that he would give Logan his research on voter fraud in Mericopa, “the person who won the bid to conduct the audit.”
Pitton Sure to the Daily Beast In April, after Logan requested his assistance, he was working on an “official power” monitoring. Pitton appeared on YouTube and prayed a rosary for Logan and Harris.
The report said he shared numerous pictures in support of Trump and others challenging the 2020 election results on his Facebook account. Some features stand for the QAnon slogan WWG1WGA, which is “Where we go one way, we all go”.
Harris’ social media accounts contained similar content, the report said.
Media Matters said Pitton said in a private zoom meeting about auditing the election in Harris “see what it looks like” [Representative] Andy Biggs, a member of the Arizona Senate, and he himself.
The audit has been criticized for continuing conspiracy theories and concerns about its methodology.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Department has written to Arizona Republican Senate President Karen Fan that the seizure of ballots could go against much of federal law to keep ballots under control of election officials for 22 months.
Principal Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General Pamela Carlan writes: “Past experience with similar investigative efforts across the country has raised concerns that they may be directed at minority voters, possibly involving anti-terrorism restrictions under the suffrage law. It could have a significant impact on them, which could prevent them from seeking votes in the future. ”
Jennifer Morrell, a partner in the election group, a consultancy firm and a consultancy firm for local election officials who have not worked in Arizona, told the AP: “
Cyber Ninjas did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment. A call from Pitton’s investment planning company went unanswered.
Harris told Al Jazeera in a text message: “What you are reporting means to me that you are part of the problem.”
Media Matters says Harris and Pitton’s involvement in the Arizona election audit is greater than that – if their claims to work with audit officials and Arizona senators are true, it means that attempts to promote Arizona election results were secretly influenced by two Qune followers inside. To work from. “
Arizona Republicans don’t seem to be concerned. The Arizona Senate on Friday signed a lease to continue the audit. The lease runs until the end of June.