New Hampshire 2020 ballot audit yields error rate ‘way higher’ than expected

As audits of 2020 election results continue in a handful of states and municipalities, one such examination taking place in New Hampshire has raised eyebrows after an official overseeing the process announced that the rate of errors discovered along the way was far more significant than expected, as the Washington Examiner reports.

The audit taking place in town of Windham came after the state’s Republican governor, Chris Sununu, signed legislation authorizing a review of ballot counting equipment and memory cards used in the 2020 general election and also the hand-tabulated results of votes in state House, governor and U.S. Senate races. That move came after an earlier recount revealed a number of discrepancies, as the Examiner separately reported.

In that recount, it was learned that the four GOP candidates for the 7th Congressional District seat in the state legislature actually received roughly 300 more votes than the original count had recorded, while a Democrat candidate ended up losing 99 votes as a result of the review.

According to the audit that was just completed, upwards of six out of every ten ballots that had machine-made or handmade folds in them were erroneously counted by the scanning machines used, according auditing team member Harri Husti, who reported the concerning outcome to the New Hampshire Union Leader and declared, “The error rate was way higher than we expected.”

The Examiner noted that the results of the audit will not alter the outcome of the District 7 race, as the state’s ballot law commission already upheld the prior recount in the contest. While the audit did not even review – let alone change – the outcome of the state’s presidential vote, the very need for the process itself caught the eye of former President Donald Trump, who has long argued that widespread fraud impacted the November elections.

Taking note of the impending audit earlier this month, Trump issued a statement saying, “Congratulations to the great Patriots of Windham, New Hampshire for their incredible fight to seek out the truth on the massive Election Fraud which too place in New Hampshire and the 2020 Presidential Election.”

Gov. Sununu took issue with Trump’s characterization of the situation, however, declaring, “A discrepancy of 300 votes out of over 800,000 votes cast does not constitute ‘massive election fraud.’”

Though comparatively small in scale, the New Hampshire audit is just another in a series of ballot reviews taking place across the nation. Just last week a judge in Georgia ruled that mail ballots in Fulton County can be reviewed for signature verification purposes, a controversial audit continues in Maricopa County, Arizona, and officials in one Michigan county are considering an examination of the voting machines used there, as the Associated Press noted.

While none of the aforementioned processes stand any real chance of reversing the results of 2020 election battles, if Americans’ faith in the integrity of our nation’s voting systems is ever to be restored, it is critical to learn everything possible about the alarming flaws and vulnerabilities that have been exposed since November.