A Republican lawmaker from the state of Florida has announced that he is calling for a forensic audit of the voting results in his states, citing, “significant irregularities” much like inquiries that have been made in both Georgia and Arizona.
State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who is a very strong, outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, has demanded that the Florida secretary of state, along with local election authorities, start an investigation into the five most populous counties, which includes Hillsborough, Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Orange.
Sabatini then urged top leaders in the state legislature to pass legislation that would allow top authorities “any tools they need to ensure that audits are thoroughly conducted.”
“A full forensic audit of the five counties must be done immediately,” Sabatini went on to say. “Florida voters’ confidence in our elections is at an all-time low. Disturbing revelations in Arizona, Georgia and other states make clear that the Secretary of State needs to do more than attempt to secure future elections. They must also look back and ensure that laws already on the books were followed in previous elections.”
“This is not a partisan issue and is a necessary step in ensuring voter confidence in future elections,” the state congressman continued, going on to add that “it’s about time” election officials “start showing some transparency.”
Sabatini’s request is one of the first in a state that Trump won during the 2020 presidential election. Trump bested President Joe Biden by nearly 372,000 votes in the Sunshine State in one of his most resounding victories. The two high-profile audits conducted since the election were in Georgia and Arizona, two red strongholds the former president lost.
In Georgia’s Fulton County, a group dubbed VoterGA claimed to have located a number of irregularities, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that election authorities double-counted at least 200 ballots, though the mistake likely had little to no effect on the results of the race. Still, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger lashed out and demanded Fulton county brass be fired for “continued failures” with “no accountability.”
In Maricopa County, Arizona, state Senate President Karen Fann hired contractors, led by the firm Cyber Ninjas, to manage an election audit that began on April 23. The review, which includes a hand recount, has extended long past the initially anticipated end date of May 14 as it has been bombarded by legal challenges and scrutiny.
There’s currently a similar attempt being made in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, which is being led by State Sen. Doug Mastriano. Mastriano sent out letters to multiple counties in the state earlier this month, demanding that they provide voting system information to some kind of third-party company called Wake TSI. The top dogs have already warned counties not to comply with this request, despite the fact that Fulton County, Pennsylvania already provided that information.