Former President Donald Trump criticized the Republican party and the Senate Minority Leader in response to the latest revelations from a New Hampshire election audit.
What he said: The former president pointed to an election audit in New Hampshire that indicated machines are miscounting votes. He called out the GOP, singling out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and suggested they should investigate the 2020 election.
“New Hampshire’s Election Audit has revealed that large-scale voting machines appear to count NON-EXISTING VOTES. State and local communities are seeking confirmation. It’s probably true, but we’ll soon know,” Trump wrote in a post on his blog, From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.
“Why aren’t Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans doing anything about what went on in the 2020 Election? How can the Democrats be allowed to get away with this? It will go down as the Crime of the Century! Other States like Arizona, Georgia (where a Judge just granted a motion to unseal and inspect ballots from the 2020 Election), Michigan, Pennsylvania, and more to follow.”
How we got here: Trump was likely referring to recent findings in the election audit in Windham, New Hampshire that’s looking into the discrepancy between the initial election results and a subsequent recount.
The audit pertains to races for state representative seats, all four of which were won by Republicans. One Democratic candidate, Kristi St. Laurent, who was only 24 votes short of victory, requested a recount. While she expected to get a few more votes, the hand recount gave the GOP candidates an additional 300 votes each. Laurent ended up losing 99.
Auditors recently said that they believe fold lines might have contributed to the discrepancy. They said they have noticed that machines read fold lines as actual votes when they go through a candidate’s name on the ballot.
“Because if someone voted for all four Republican candidates and the ballot happened to have its fold line going through St. Laurent’s target, then that might be interpreted by the machines as an overvote, which would then subtract votes from each of those four Republican candidates. Conversely, if there were not four votes already in that contest by the voter, a fold line through that target could have caused the machine to interpret it as a vote for St. Laurent,” auditor Philip Stark explained.
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