Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
Remember as a kid how you would spend the weeks before Christmas praying that you weren’t on Santa’s naughty list? If that whole, “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake” thing was true, then he had to know what you had been up to in secret, even if no one else had figured out your dastardly deeds.
That’s kind of how the folks in Maricopa County must feel right now.
If you’ve been following the election news out of Arizona, you know that subpoenas were issued more than a week ago by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The purpose: to audit voting machines and ballots in Maricopa County.
Karen Fann (Republican Senate President) shared the need for the subpoenas with the Washington Examiner: “One subpoena calls for a scanned ballot audit, to collect an electronic ballot image cast for all mail-in ballots counted in the November 2020 general election in Maricopa County, Arizona. The second subpoena calls for a full forensic audit of ballot tabulation equipment, the software for that equipment and the election management system used in the 2020 general election.”
According to the lawsuit, Fann and Chairman Farnsworth believed that “widespread concerns warranted a comprehensive independent investigation by the Judiciary Committee, to include a full forensic audit of tabulation devices and other voting equipment in Maricopa County.”
After watching every minute of the hearings, after listening to hours of testimony, I was relieved to hear this. Finally! If they could get their hands on those machines, any lingering doubts about whether or not the fraud stories were true would be washed away.
Unfortunately, the board of Supervisors in Maricopa County voted 4-1 to file a complaint and stated that they would not comply with the Senate-issued subpoenas. The county filed a lawsuit against the state’s lawmakers to block the enforcement of the subpoenas in an attempt to stop the machines from being examined. The deadline has come and gone and we still don’t know anything about those machines.
Let’s pause right there for a moment. Remember, back in the olden days, when you were issued a subpoena and had no choice in the matter? You had to follow through because of the weight of that document? Apparently, they don’t carry the same weight in 2020, at least not in Maricopa County.
So, here’s my question (and it’s an honest one): Why don’t officials want the machines audited? If everything was truly above board—as they have insisted—why not prove it with an examination of the machines? You’ll be in the clear and all of those people who’ve accused you of potential fraud will be proven wrong. Sounds like a win-win to me. Or did I miss something? Don’t innocent people want to prove they’re innocent? Or are they, perhaps, on Santa’s naughty list, hiding a dirty little secret?
This story reminds me of that time when I was thirteen and my mom wanted to come in my room, but I didn’t want her to see what a wreck it was. So, I made up some lame excuse and managed to keep her out. The longer I kept her away, the more suspicious she became. One day when I was in school she busted in and found the soda cans on the floor, dirty clothes under the bed, and a molded bowl of cereal on the bedside table. I was grounded and forced to clean my room until it looked and smelled great.
Here’s the truth: People who have nothing to hide have no reason to hide. It’s as simple as that. I had a lot to hide. My mom knew it. She was on to me. And we’re on to those machines in Maricopa County. They smell as bad as the cereal bowl on my bedside table. Maybe worse. And the longer they sit there, the greater the stench.
Those Republican senators have now sued to enforce the subpoenas. I think it’s sad that it had to come to that. It’s a waste of time and money. But this is 2020, after all. Nothing much comes easy these days, does it?
Still, no matter how difficult, finding out the results of the audit will help lawmakers decide whether or not they can certify the presidential electors for Joe Biden in the state of Arizona. And that, my friends, is worth fighting for, no matter how long it takes.