The Arizona Voter Canvas Has Been Deferred
Cyber Ninjas pinky swears that it will not intimidate or mislead voters
I am a big girl and I can admit when I am wrong. I was wrong when I wrote that the firm, Cyber Ninjas, that was hired by the State Republican senators of Arizona to do a recount of the votes cast in Maricopa County, planned to canvas voters by phone.
Because who could imagine that anyone would go door to door asking voters about their votes in the November election? It’s millions of votes. Phone calls are easier and faster.
I was wrong. The plan was to go door to door to question voters about their voter registration status and if they were the person who voted. But only certain voters in certain precincts.
Talk about voter intimidation.
In response to letters from both the US Justice Department and the Arizona secretary of state, the plan to contact voters has been deferred.
I love that word. Deferred. It sounds like they have bowed to pressure and scrapped that part of their plan. But no, it hasn’t been cancelled completely. They have only agreed not to do it right now. It could still be done in the future.
No wonder the Arizona Republicans hired this outfit. They sound just like Trump. You know, he won’t say if he’s going to run in 2024 or not. He hasn’t completely ruled it out. Just deferred the decision until after the midterms.
There’s that word again. Deferred.
What I found fascinating about this whole imbroglio is how they were going to do it. The Senate president, Karen Fann, who is in charge of the contract with Cyber Ninjas, promises that:
“The people going door to door will not wear any badges, insignias or other symbols suggesting they are in any way association with law enforcement, immigration enforcement or the military. Instead, she said, they will “wear a brightly colored shirt’’ identifying them as working for the firm hired by the Senate. And she said canvassers will not ask people how they voted, will use a “pre-approved, standardized script with non-leading questions,’’ and will make it clear up front that participation is voluntary.”
Because, you know, it’s Arizona and there are a lot of undocumented people living there.
They also promise the canvassers will not be armed. That one caught me off-guard until I remembered that this is Arizona and the gun laws are more lax than they are here in New Jersey.
Actually, it doesn’t matter how they claim that they will do it. Door to door canvassing of voters is illegal. It’s a violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Several civil rights attorneys have threatened to sue.
Seriously? We’re invoking the KKK in the 21st century?
Apparently I forgot that in December 2020, Trump, his campaign and the RNC were all sued using this same act by the NAACP for their actions in challenging the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The claim was that they were trying to disenfranchise Black voters.
There was also the February 2021 suit, again using the KKK Act, against Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers for trying to stop certification of the 2020 election.
Do you see a pattern here? Republicans violating the Ku Klux Klan Act in a desperate bid to stay in power?
Speaking of desperate bid to stay in power, the Arizona secretary of state tweeted that since she wrote her letter to Cyber Ninjas criticizing how they are handling the recount, she has begun receiving death threats again and has 24/7 state trooper protection.
She says that there are so many calls coming in that the staff working in her department can’t get any work done because the phone lines are tied up all day. They are now sending all incoming calls directly to voice mail.
Think about that for a moment. These are all phone calls from Trump supporters from around the country threatening to kill a state official for doing her job instead of Trump’s bidding.
I hope that any Trump supporters reading this will keep that in mind in 2024 and think twice before casting a vote for Trump. Voting for Trump is voting for a dictator who thinks that he is above the law and encourages his supporters to show their loyalty to him by threatening or committing violence on his behalf.
I am not being hysterical. I am not exaggerating. We have already witnessed an insurrection by Trump supporters in an attempt to prevent certification of the 2020 election. I know that Trump now claims that the insurrectionists were “hugging and kissing” the Capitol police, but the truth is that their actions were violent and resulted in 5 deaths.
In the meantime, the recount goes on. Officials claim that the outcome will not affect the election results which have already been certified.
Trump still thinks that this recount and recounts in other states that he thinks he won will result in his triumphant return to office.