As an audit of the 2020 election in Arizona draws howls of protest from Democrats, another one is just starting across the country in a New Hampshire town.
Ballots and voting machines started arriving for an audit in Windham on Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump hailed it as part of the “incredible fight to seek out the truth on the massive Election Fraud which took place in New Hampshire and the 2020 Presidential Election.”
Another audit of the election begins in NH
Boxes containing some 10,000 ballots and Windham’s four voting machines were brought to the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke on Tuesday, where the three auditors overseeing the process promised to be transparent, the Eagle Tribune reported. A few dozen people showed up.
All things considered, the Windham audit is a much smaller affair than the audit underway in Arizona. Notably, it will not examine the presidential election results, but will look at ballots cast for governor, U.S. Senate, and a state legislative seat, the Examiner noted.
While audits of the 2020 race have generally been attacked by Democrats as a partisan ploy to sow doubts about Joe Biden’s legitimacy, the Windham audit was triggered by a recount that had been requested by a Democrat in the race for the 7th Congressional District. The recount found that the Democrat lost by 99 votes more votes than initially counted, while four Republican candidates had been shortchanged by 300 votes.
New Hampshire’s Republican governor Chris Sununu signed legislation for the audit on April 12.
Doubts linger over 2020 race
Democrats have insisted since even before Nov. 3 that voter fraud is a non-issue, but many Americans remain concerned with election integrity, and most Republicans agree with Trump that the 2020 election was stolen, a claim referred to as “the big lie” by liberal partisans.
Breaking with Trump, Sununu has said that the recount in Windham showed that New Hampshire’s elections are “safe.”
But the auditors acknowledged that they don’t know what the audit will reveal, although they’re optimistic that they’ll get some answers.
“In this case, I’m more confident than usual that we can have a good conclusive explanation,” said auditor Harri Hurtsi. “We don’t know where the investigation is going. … Seeing the evidence, we might find something we didn’t even know existed. Then, we have to follow that track.”
The deadline to complete the audit is May 27.