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Republicans in Spokane County, Washington, have asked for an audit of the 2020 presidential election, according to a report from Just the News.
The report added the audit request came in a petition presented to county commissioners by Spokane County GOP State Committeeman Matt Hawkins. The probe would specifically look at the election processes in Spokane County, as well as the tabulation machines.
In June, The Center Square reported that a citizen watchdog group had failed to convince Spokane County to perform an audit of the 2020 presidential election. A member of the Election Integrity Committee under the umbrella of the Spokane Republican Party, Dennis Hawkhurst, pointed out in Center Square’s article that there were a reported 353,926 registered voters in 2020 but 382,560 ballots.
Just the News reported that Committeeman Hawkins told the Board of Commissioners, “We’re not trying to say any one person has done anything wrong. We’re not trying to say that any fraud has been committed. We are trying to say we want to restore confidence in the election system.”
An analysis from Governing Daily reported that the Board of County Commissioners’ attorney, Mark McClain, stated that it “didn’t look like” the board had the authority to conduct an audit, and suggested that, “I think where you guys need to go is the Secretary of State.”
Their report further noted that Hawkins had flagged anomalies among voter registrations via the work of the Washington Voter Research Project’s canvassing initiative. According to Hawkins, a large percentage of suspicious home addresses that were canvassed had more registered voters than residents in the house.
Interestingly, Hawkins additionally pointed out that there were no cameras in some areas of the elections operations center set up to record activity surrounding ballot processing, The Center Square reported.
Just the News revealed that the petition to audit Spokane County is supported by the Spokane County GOP and two district representatives, Rob Chase and Bob McCaslin.