As Arizona conducts an audit of more than two million ballots from the questionable 2020 election results that saw Democrat Joe Biden as president, a traditional group that provides volunteer security services has stopped receiving donations after PayPal blocked their income. This occurred after it was learned that they were participating as patriotic democracy advocates checking for audit irregularities.
A group of volunteer law enforcement officers is helping to provide additional security during the Arizona audit. The citizens’ group, the Arizona Rangers, is a registered non-profit organization that traces its origins to the 1880s.
The Rangers are a group of uniformed, armed, volunteer law enforcement officers who are called upon to assist as needed. They are usually requested by local, state, or federal authorities to participate in specific matters.
In this instance, the Rangers are helping to supplement security at Veterans Memorial Coliseum as volunteers hand-count more than two million ballots.
The PayPal firm originally functioned as their main channel of income, given that through the platform they received the total of their donations. But suddenly, just before the vote counts began over the weekend, they stopped receiving donations without even receiving any kind of notification from the firm.
To help cover the costs of providing security during the time it takes for the manual recount, the Rangers began asking for donations through a website called GoFundMe.
Trucks carrying the voting machines arrived Wednesday, April 21, for the election audit, which will begin this Friday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The audit follows months of struggle by the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate to launch a full-scale review of votes cast in Maricopa, the populous county that includes Phoenix, where President Joe Biden won by just over two percent of the vote.
The audit involves not only a recount of the votes, but also includes a forensic analysis that will examine, in addition to the ballots, all of the voting machines in Maricopa County.
The ballots and computers are now in the hands of the Arizona State Senate.
In mid-March, the state Senate announced that Republicans would conduct a “comprehensive and thorough” analysis of the Maricopa ballots, which would include “testing the machines, scanning the ballots, conducting a full manual recount, and looking for any computer breaches,” among other things.
The issue of security is most important in the face of so many uncertainties and allegations of fraud during the election, making the presence of patriots like the Rangers, willing to defend democracy without even profiting from their services, essential.
President Trump himself insisted that the security of the recount site remains paramount:
“The Republican Party is demanding that Governor Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said in an early Saturday morning statement. “Governor Ducey will be fully responsible for the safety of those involved. State police or National Guard must immediately be sent out for protection.”
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) April 24, 2021