Race card played in Senate election audit

Shiva Avyadural is a candidate for rhe U.S/. Senate from Massachusetts.

OPINION: Senate elector auditor Shiva Ayyadurai couldn’t convincingly counter Maricopa County’s debunking of his findings. So he played the race card. It would be funny if it wasn’t so terribly sad.

By Laurie Roberts Arizona Republic

Independent candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts Shiva Ayyadurai protests being excluded from a debate between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican opponent Geoff Diehl in Boston in 2018. Ayyadurai has been hired by the Arizona Senate to conduct its review of voter signatures on mail-in ballot envelopes in Maricopa County.

One of the Arizona Senate’s election auditors has fired back at Maricopa County over its dispute of his findings, and goodness, is this thing getting bizarre.

Shiva Ayyadurai couldn’t convincingly counter the county’s point-by-point debunking of his insinuations that fraud may have been afoot in last year’s election.

So, instead, he accused county officials of racism.

Specifically, that the county’s response to his painfully uninformed analysis of early ballot envelope images constituted a “racist smear campaign” — an “attack”  conducted with the help of Arizona Mirror Associate Editor Jeremy Duda.

“The inability of Maricopa County election officials and their loyal scribe to keep in line a dark-skinned East Indian-American who dares to use his hard-earned scientific and engineering training and intelligence, is the source of this real racism,” he wrote, in a rather remarkable report Thursday to Senate President Karen Fann and Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  

“Their racist attack aimed to shame me back into their segregationist box of behavior that they deem acceptable for person of my background.”

Nowhere in his 67-page response — entitled “How Election Officials Use Media Proxies to Disseminate Misinformation & Disinformation to Avert Investigations of Election Malfeasance” — does Ayyadurai factually refute the county’s explanations for “anomalies” he finds potentially suspicious.

Mostly, he just complains that county officials didn’t cooperate and accuses them of using Duda to spread “misinformation and disinformation”.


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October 2021