A Thrill of Hope: Positive Stirrings in Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin

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Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

Hope will never be silent.
Harvey Milk

I’ll never forget that sense of expectation I had right before the birth of my oldest daughter. Having never experienced labor before, I felt sure every little pain was the real deal. Every twinge—no matter how large or small—convinced me that a trip to the hospital was imminent. 

Unfortunately, her actual birthdate was weeks beyond the original due date. And when she did arrive, it was by emergency C-section, not at all like I’d pictured. All of that anticipation gave me hope in those final weeks, though, and hope is a very good thing, especially during a season when nothing seems certain. 

The ups and downs of this election have been a bit like a roller coaster ride and there have been times I’ve experienced those “imminent delivery” feelings all over again. I could picture our president (aka the pregnant woman) on the way to the White House (aka hospital) for a second term (delivery). Unfortunately, those false labor pains left me feeling disillusioned at times and I wondered if this baby was ever going to be born. 

Then came today’s news…

I started feeling those familiar twinges of hope again tonight when I heard that three of the battleground states are beginning to make moves in the right direction. Let’s break it down by state so that we can see where things stand. If this election is won by its rightful victor (Trump) it could be because of these three states: 

After an earlier investigation of 100 ballots, it was discovered that 3% were fraudulent. This has prompted the Arizona state senate to issue subpoenas to inspect and audit voting machines in Maricopa County. Though the county is fighting it, an audit will likely take place. Will it turn up the same percentages, but in larger numbers? If so, will it put Arizona back in Trump’s corner? On top of this story, Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spoke with Steve Bannon early on Tuesday morning and implied that the Arizona legislature will attempt to pass a resolution to certify Trump as the winner in that state. There are 11 electoral votes up for grabs in Arizona. 

After reviewing mountains of evidence received during the recent hearings, the Georgia State Senate Judiciary Committee has officially recommended the decertification of the state’s electors. The committee produced a report recommending a special convening of the Georgia Assembly to discuss their findings. They are asking for a resolution to decertify the current results, stating overwhelming evidence of irregularities and potential fraud. Their recommendation reads: “The Legislature should carefully consider its obligation under the U.S. Constitution. If a majority of the General Assembly concurs with the findings of this report, the certification of the Election should be rescinded and the General Assembly should act to determine the proper Electors to be certified to the Electoral College in the 2020 presidential race.” This is hopeful news, for sure. There are 16 electoral votes up for grabs in Georgia. 

A number of Wisconsin voters were offered “indefinite confinement” status due to COVID-19. The court unanimously ruled that clerks were wrong to offer this status. The state of Wisconsin is dealing with the fallout and trying to figure out how to move forward. Will they end up decertifying? There are 10 electoral votes up for grabs in Wisconsin. 

Yep. I’m feeling those twinges again. Are they labor pains? Will this baby come quickly? At this point one can only wonder, but for tonight I’m happy to feel the thrill of hope once more.  



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