There are a lot of pushes from the far right for more audits of the 2020 election, despite the fact that so far, recounts and audit fever has turned up zero evidence of any election fraud or widespread voter fraud. Now one candidate who lost her race in North Carolina is demanding a full audit. One problem: Donald Trump won her state.
On her Telegram page, Sandy Smith, who ran for U.S. House in 2020 and lost (after running for Senate and withdrawing before the GOP primary), linked her petition, announcing that she’d already gathered 40,000 signatures and needs 200,000 for a statewide audit. However, there are a few things standing in her way.
First, the ‘petition‘ is more of a campaign tool to collect names and contact information for potential supporters.
Then there’s the fact that Donald Trump actually won North Carolina (PDF), albeit by a narrow margin (2,758,775 votes to Joe Biden’s 2,684,292 — a difference of less than 75k votes) — so despite using a composite image that suggest Trump is on board, Smith is unlikely to find much support from his base, who are focusing more heavily on the states he lost.
Finally, North Carolina has already done audits of the Presidential election, as is the state’s standard — the State Board of Elections explains here:
The state and county boards of elections conduct audits after every election. Audits can detect problems such as equipment tampering, ballot stuffing, and voting machine or counting errors.
So, what did the audit of the 2020 election in North Carolina find? ABC11 reports that the answer is, nothing substantial.
More than 150 Election Day precincts and 30 early voting sites were audited. Plus, more than a dozen counties audited all of their mail-in absentee ballots…Of all those (more than 200) separate audits, only 13 found any difference in the previously reported machine count. Each of those 13 differences found errors of less than three votes.
Calling for audits and disavowing election results is a new favorite campaign tool on the right — but proposing an audit in North Carolina at this point is even more far-fetched than in most states, since it couldn’t change the outcome of the Presidential Election, and the audits already performed haven’t turned up anything of value.
What's Your Reaction?
Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com