The Department of Justice just issued a warning about states performing election audits or considering conducting election audits.
“The department warned that auditors could face criminal and civil penalties if they destroy any records related to the election or intimidate voters in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1960 and federal laws prohibiting voter intimidation,” the NY Times reported.
“The admonishment came in election-related guidance documents issued as part of the department’s larger plan to protect access to the polls, announced by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in June,” the Times continued. “Another document released on Wednesday outlined federal laws on how ballots are cast and said that the department could scrutinize states that revert to prepandemic voting procedures, which may not have allowed as many people to vote early or by mail.”
“The warning was the Justice Department’s latest effort to alert state lawmakers that their audits could run afoul of federal law,” the Times added. “Department officials cautioned the Republican-led Arizona State Senate in May…(Read more)