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CD2 recount of 220,000 votes starting

Martha McSally and Ron Barber.

Martha McSally and Ron Barber.

A recount in southern Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District race between Democratic incumbent Ron Barber and Republican challenger Martha McSally is set to begin.

Officials in Pima County will begin recounting on Thursday and will have to count every ballot in the county even though only about 187,000 are from the 2nd District.

Cochise County plans to start its count of more than 37,000 ballots on Monday and expects to be done in three to four days.

After the ballots are recounted, a hand count of a sample from each county will be done to verify the machine count was accurate.

Both counties tested their machines on Wednesday and found no problems.

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2 comments

  1. Pima County owns Election integrity Commission proposed to County manager Chuck Huckelberry and the Boards of Sups to follow the law. Basically to hand counts the ballots (which is strangely against AZ Law) but is a different program) or per ARS 16-664C use a different program to count like Clear Ballot.

    Instead the System chooses to count the ballots on the same machines with an error rate bigger than the different between the candidates. Also what about voter intent and the 2188 under voters?

    According to the Cochise County Hand Count Audit report, there were 2 discrepancies in the CD2 race in two precincts audited, with a reported aggregated margin of error of 0.26% According to the Pima County Hand Count Audit, there were no discrepancies in early ballots and there were 3 discrepancies in four precincts counted for the CD2 race. Pima County reported an aggregated margin of error of 0.18%. McSally’s margin of victory for both Counties together was 0.08%.

    In the original count, the hand count audit was considered acceptable if the aggregated margin of error was less than 1% for precinct ballots and less than 2% for early ballots. The same margins will be used for the recount audit, which we expect will be done the same way as the Hand Count Audit for the original count: Some percentage of early ballot batches will be counted instead of sorting ballots by precinct. Five percent of the precinct-cast ballots will be hand counted. In the unlikely event that the margin of error for precinct-cast ballots exceeded 1%, the number of precincts would be doubled until either the aggregated margin of error went below 1% or all the ballots had been hand counted.

    With a victory margin of 0.08% and a scanner error rate of 0.18-0.26%, the scanners are not accurate enough to confirm the winner, nor are the hand count audits likely to alter the scanner count. A full hand count is extremely unlikely, unless it is the result of a lawsuit and a Court order.

    To know more read this: CV-14-0319 12.01.14.pdf: http://tinyurl.com/ml75swj

    The best document we have that describes the overall problem with elections in Arizona is Bill Risner initial disclosure statement which is a mind blowing comprehensive statement of facts collected over 8 years of investigations and litigation of Pima County: http://tinyurl.com/LPFiling

    Our message is simple: “We the People” must have elections that are 100% transparent, with a documented chain-of-custody’ and then, the election must be verified! Nothing less! Government can never be the sole verifier of its own secret elections.

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