Group of Idaho legislators sign letter calling for 50-state audit, scrubbing voter rolls

Audits of three counties already conducted in Idaho found less than 1% error rate

By: - October 15, 2021 3:08 pm
Idaho State Capitol building's dome

Idaho State Capitol building on May 5, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Mountain Sun)

Ten Idaho legislators are among those who have signed a letter calling for an audit of 2020 election results in all 50 states, despite results from an audit in Arizona that confirmed former president Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden in the state’s most populous county.

The letter was originally written by Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican representing the state’s sixth legislative district. Rogers alleges fraud and inaccuracies were shown through “multiple audits and canvasses in multiple states” but does not detail what the fraud and inaccuracies are purported to be.

“We have come to the conclusion that all 50 states need to be forensically audited. Voter rolls should be scrubbed with a canvass of the voters to ensure future integrity of our elections,” Rogers’ letter says.

As of Rogers’ tweet on Friday, 138 legislators from 38 states had co-signed the letter, including these Idaho representatives:

  • Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens
  • Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon
  • Rep. Terry Gestrin, R-Donnelly
  • Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird
  • Rep. Karey Hanks, R-St. Anthony
  • Rep. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston
  • Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley
  • Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg
  • Rep. Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton
  • Rep. Doug Okuniewicz, R-Hayden

Through an emailed statement, Giddings said some of her objections were over alleged financial contributions to county governments across Idaho and the process of ballot counting. 

“There are also several holes that do need to be fixed in Idaho law, for example we should not be destroying ballots before things are reviewed and verified, and I will be bringing legislation in the next session to fix problems like this,” Giddings said. “I stand with the millions of Americans and Idahoans who want more transparency in the elections process. The refusal of some politicians to conduct thorough audits to ensure every legal vote was counted is simply outrageous.”

“We call on each state to decertify its electors where it has been shown the elections were certified prematurely and inaccurately,” the letter reads.

Two weeks ago, Idaho Secretary of State officials conducted audits of three counties in Idaho, a state Trump won by more than 268,000 votes, and found an error rate of less than 1%. The audits were conducted in Butte, Camas and Bonner counties.   

According to reporting from the Georgia Recorder, a judge in Fulton County, Georgia, dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that asked the court to order a review of 147,000 absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election. The judge’s ruling cited an investigation by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office that failed to find any fraudulent votes.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.