Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Maricopa County’s ballots have been boxed up, again, and moved somewhere (safe?) to make way for Arizona graduations. It is a good time to call it quits on a fiasco, a spectacle that has made Arizona the butt of jokes on the late night talk shows. If the Senate had really been serious about an audit of Maricopa ballots, they would have found the money and paid a reputable firm to do a real audit. This "fraudit" is nothing but a grift, a fundraising excuse and a source of speechless wonder for the rest of the country. Members of the Senate are in a place where they have the time and resources to do their own inquiries of issues with the ballots, and every one of the persons involved in this election in Arizona told them that there was no fraud. Yesterday the Maricopa County recorder, the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors (most of them Republicans) stated there was no fraud and it was time to call this circus “done.”
Senate members have reported that they are embarrassed by this ridiculous process. The voters of Arizona rely on their elected officials to tell them the truth. The Senate failed the voters because they knew there were no issues with the 2020 election, yet they allowed the “Big Lie” to perpetuate this assault on our democracy. The “Big Lie,” started before the election, was America’s first challenge to the peaceful transfer of power. If this "fraudit" continues, the voters can be expected to ask if all of the down-ballot officials really won their election, especially after they have done their best to embarrass Arizonans, and pass bills making it harder for them to vote next time.