The Pima County Board of Supervisors refused to conduct a proper hand-count audit of the 2012 general election ballots. This decision was made despite seasoned statisticians and computer experts in its own Election Integrity Commission indicating that the county’s elections are not verifiable in their current state.
The primary reason? Timing. Pima County’s use of this rationale is ironic because it appears that the county was in complete control its timing. As EIC member Mickey Duniho states in reference to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry:
“Mr. Huckelberry unilaterally postponed the recommendation without consulting or informing the Election Integrity Commission. This violated the Commission’s right to advise the Board of Supervisors without interference, and it also violated basic rules of courtesy.”
This postponement plays a role in solidifying the board’s argument that ‘it’s too late’.
Huckelberry’s recent memo, which is rife with distortions and errors, states that it’s impossible to do a hand count audit. Such hyperbole was thoroughly eviscerated by Mickey Duniho’s point by point response to the erroneous memo. Duniho provided his rebuttal in writing to each member of the board of supervisors.
“Your elections are being run by a sociopath,” said EIC member Jim March. Elections Director Brad Nelson was held under a burning magnifying glass in the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting as March leveled a series of new charges against Nelson. First, March states that Nelson had his county-issued credit card yanked for fraud, yet he still keeps his job.
Other charges had to do with Nelson’s management style with his employers. According to March, employees are willing to recall how they were retained because it was easy for Nelson to “make them cry” and “that’s something he needed to do on occasion”. Finally, March accused Nelson of breaking the law as he states that Nelson would ask temporary staff and poll workers to switch their party allegiance so that he can continue to retain these employees for future tasks.
Jim March’s history of careful, meticulous analysis before calling any one person’s reputation into question adds significant weight to these charges. We can only hope that an independent investigation into Brad Nelson’s activities will take place.
The only Supervisor concerned about having verifiable elections for this elections cycle was Ray Carroll, a Republican who has consistently moved to transcend party affiliation and improve transparency.
Arizona solidifies its national reputation as the ‘meth lab of democracy’ because those who can intervene refuse to make direct, immediate, substantive changes to the elections process.
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