Election audits are essential for understanding the 2020 election, but they won’t – and can’t – be the last word. They are not meant to be a smoking gun, and implying otherwise is both dangerous and ineffective.

Unfortunately, startling assertions on both sides of the political divide have instilled false and overblown expectations in Americans from all walks of life. There are several breathless accusations of hacked voting machines and sinister algorithms. Still, the most compelling evidence has always pointed to flaws exploited within the system rather than security breaches from beyond. There aren’t any foreign spies in the closet, but there could be American individuals – possibly even trusted “experts” – who are.

Similarly, many Republicans appear to believe that the audits will lead to the election’s outcome being overturned, and many Democrats seem to think the same thing, albeit from a different perspective.

On the other hand, Audits aren’t designed to capture the evidence needed to uncover the truth about the shadow government that manipulated the election. Only on-the-ground investigations will expose the actual reality. Audits, on the other hand, can be a valuable instrument in guiding those investigations.

Audits can uncover anomalies, but only thorough investigations can explain those anomalies and determine whether laws were broken or fraud occurred.

Since before the first ballots were cast, the Amistad Project has been looking towards the 2020 election. Election audits indicate that we’re looking in the correct locations, but they can’t do the task for us.

Not from the outside, but from within, the 2020 election was hacked. Audits can show that something went wrong, but they can’t connect the dots between hundreds of millions of dollars in private funding from partisan billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, improper involvement of leftist nonprofits in election administration, and last-minute rule changes enacted by blue-state lawmakers without legislative approval.