On Slate magazine, I read the following news [emphasis in bold, mine]:
On Wednesday, a member of the Arizona election audit team that has been heavily touted by former President Donald Trump revealed that its examination of the 2020 vote in Maricopa County will include a “forensic” analysis of ballots to determine if the paper is made of bamboo—in order to determine whether or not China delivered tens of thousands of fraudulent ballots to tip the state to Joe Biden.
In a live interview posted on Twitter, John Brakey, an official helping oversee the audit of the 2020 Arizona election, explained
Accusations of 40,000 ballots were flown into Arizona and it was stuffed into the box. OK? And it came from the southeast part of the world, Asia, OK. And what they're doing is to find out if there's bamboo in the paper.
[…] so they're doing all sorts of testing to prove if it was or wasn't, and that's very important because the only way you can persuade people on changing is having facts, and we're on a mission for facts. […] And what we do is not about the right or the left.
I looked up Chinese paper exports to the US (which among cardboard also includes: napkins, tissues, kitchen/paper towels, and sanitary paper e.g. toilet rolls and diapers.)
The top three exporters of paper in 2019 were
- China: US$22 billion (12.9% of total paper exports)
- Germany: $20.7 billion (12.2%)
- United States: $15.1 billion (8.8%)
While the top three paper importers between 2018 and 2019 were
- United States $17,332,676,000 -4.2%
- Germany $13,971,259,000 -7.1%
- France $8,527,818,000 -2.9%
It is also true that a sizable percentage of paper produced in China is made from bamboo. According to the Sichuan Paper Association, in 2017 1.1 million tonnes of household paper was from bamboo, equivalent to about one-tenth of China's total paper production for household purposes. Source
Question If traces of bamboo is discovered in the Arizona paper ballots, is that sufficient proof of election fraud. Especially when we consider a significant amount of paper in the US, with its derivatives, are already imported from China?
If we watch the short interview posted on Twitter, it's clear that no one is putting all their eggs in the Chinese paper basket, and if the team already knew that paper was imported from China then why even bother doing the forensic test in the first place? The auditor mentions they are on a mission for "facts" in order to persuade people. I am humbly suggesting that traces of bamboo, were they found, is itself inclusive proof of foreign interference–and not only for the aforementioned reasons. I am confident that there is more than one person out there who can state confidently “It makes no difference to the election results in Arizona if traces of bamboo are detected or not because.....”
In other words, the discovery (if it happens) of bamboo strands in the Arizona ballots is worthless UNLESS someone can state confidently–with supporting evidence–that US ballot paper must not only be printed in the US but it must also be produced there.
The modest question is just focusing on one tiny element that's all.