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GOP Election Truthers Tap a Failed Politician and Conspiracy Theorist for Sham Audit

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A two-time failed congressional candidate who has defended using the n-word and spouted COVID-19 conspiracy theories has apparently become a highly sought-after “expert” for Republicans conducting sham election audits.

Perhaps it is no surprise, as Shiva Ayyadurai’s baseless election fraud claims predate even those of Donald Trump. After losing his second congressional bid in 2020, Ayyadurai identified what he claimed was the cause of his loss: the mass destruction of ballots.

“Massachusetts Destroys Over 1 MILLION Ballots in US SENATE PRIMARY RACE committing #ElectionFraud,” Ayyadurai tweeted in September 2020, after losing his primary race.

Never mind that the ballots had not been destroyed, or that Massachusetts officials upheld Ayyadurai’s loss. His claim of election fraud foreshadowed Trump’s own claims of election malfeasance later that year. Now Ayyadurai, who backs Trump’s election fraud claims, has been hired by Arizona’s Republican-controlled state senate to work on an ongoing “audit” of the 2020 presidential election this summer, despite election officials there already repeatedly confirming that Joe Biden won.

In a recent podcast, a former Trump official suggested that Ayyadurai’s services were also being sought by Wisconsin legislators for a similar audit in their own state.

Ayyadurai has been hired twice to work on Arizona’s chaotic election audit: once by the state senate and once by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based tech firm that is conducting the audit, despite complaints that its CEO has promoted election fraud conspiracy theories.

Although Ayyadurai’s involvement with the audit was not public knowledge until this month, his contracts with the state senate and........

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