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1. RAISING THE ARIZONA QUESTION: Pressure is increasing on the Department of Justice to intervene in the GOP-led Arizona election audit. Elections experts tell Insider that there is a need for the federal government to get involved given the lack of transparency about what even local Republican officials have dismissed as a sham.

Key quote: “Everyone has pointed out the myriad of problems with the so-called audit, and yet it continues on,” said Grant Woods, a former Republican attorney general of Arizona who has become a Democrat. “At some point, we’re going to have to make a point in this country that you can’t do this.” Woods said he had reached out to the DOJ to encourage it to deploy people to Arizona who could more closely monitor the audit.

But officials are far from united in what Washington should do:

Some advised staying as far away as possible: One official worried that the unintended consequence of such an action could be akin to the deadly Capitol riot. “Could there be another riot or interaction like they had on January 6? You bet,” said Steve Gallardo, the only Democratic official on the board of supervisors in Maricopa County.

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Others think the best thing to do is nothing at all: If Democrats believe the audit “is a train wreck, then they should let the train run off the track, not stop the train from breaking,” said Bennie Smith, a Democratic election official in Tennessee, who has traveled to Arizona to monitor the audit.

The DOJ has warned Arizona’s Senate president that the audit could be violating federal law: Pamela Karlan, the principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, expressed concern to the Arizona Senate’s president, Karen Fann, about reports that ballot and other election materials were being destroyed and compromised under the supervision of Cyber Ninjas, the cybersecurity firm hired to help with the audit that has no previous election-related experience.

The audit may also be done soon: Ken Bennett, the Arizona Senate liaison overseeing the Maricopa County audit, said the hand count could finish this week with a report issued late next month or early August. Of course, previous government-run audits found nothing amiss. Local officials have also promised to challenge whatever report is issued.

But it’s unlikely that Arizona will be the end of this: Lawmakers from several states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado, have traveled to Arizona to observe the audit.

Source:: Business Insider

      

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