Politics GOP Arizona Senate President Admitted In Email That She Didn't Believe Audit Would Uncover Widespread Fraud
Explaining the audit of the presidential election in Maricopa County, Ariz.
Explaining the audit of the presidential election in Maricopa County, Ariz.Following partial recounts of the ballots in the county that showed Trump had indeed lost to Biden, Arizona’s Republican-controlled Senate went to court, successfully suing for the right to conduct another audit of the results. After a lengthy legal battle, the process of recounting 2.1 million ballots and examining 400 voting machines used in Maricopa County began on April 23 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
Arizona StatePresident Karen Fann, a Republican, admitted in a February email that she does not believe the widely criticized election audit of Maricopa County will uncover any widespread voter fraud.
Fann and Arizonahave the 2020 election audit—motivated by former President and his allies' baseless claims that there was widespread voter fraud. Local GOP officials in Maricopa County have repeatedly refuted these groundless allegations. Arizona also already carried out a hand recount, which reaffirmed President 's victory over Trump.
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"I cannot begin to explain how much I really hate this whole thing," Fann wrote in an early February email, which was released publicly along with hundreds of others by the Arizona Senate due to a public records request from American Oversight. Local newspaper The Arizona Republic first reported on the email.
"Personally I don't think we will find anything outside of the normal irregularities we have every election but am willing to go this extra mile if it puts these questions and concerns to rest," Fann continued.
In an April 30 email, Fann asserted that the audit could not overturn the election and claimed that the Republican efforts had nothing to do with the former president.
"This absolutely has nothing to do with Trump," the GOP lawmaker wrote. "The election cannot be overturned. This audit is ONLY about election integrity, answering their questions, and hopefully proving there was nothing wrong with the election. Media is spinning this into something it's not."
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The Arizona Senate may sign a deal for another 2020 election review in Maricopa County following reports that some overseers of the audit are dissatisfied with the process. © Ross D. Franklin/AP FILE - In this Thursday, April 22, 2021, file photo, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett arrives at a news conference to talk about overseeing a 2020 election ballot audit. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) The present audit, which includes a review of 2.
However, that email appeared to be at odds with her remarks in a previous email in which she said the effort was being coordinated directly with Trump and his personal lawyer.
"I have been in numerous conversations with Rudy Giuliani over the past weeks trying to get this done. I have the full support of him and a personal call from President Trump thanking us for pushing to prove any fraud," Fann wrote in a December 28 email in response to a constituent.
In a Saturday email to Newsweek, Fann said she "stated from day one this audit has nothing to do with overturning the election or decertifying the election."
"According to polling, Arizona has 45% of its voters who believe there were serious problems or fraud with the elections. As the Senate body, we are duty bound to pass and maintain safe and secure election laws and procedures. This audit is being done to answer all those constituents' concerns, either prove or disprove those concerns and strengthened [sic] our election laws if necessary," the Arizona Senate president wrote.
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The Arizona audit will only undermine faith in democracy.“We are here to make sure Arizona voters can have faith and confidence that elections conducted in this state and this county have integrity,” Ken Bennett, a former Arizona secretary of state working for the state Senate on the audit, said in April. “We’re going to be able to tell everyone in Arizona in a few weeks that they can have complete trust in their elections—or we have some areas that can be improved.
Arizona Republicans hired the Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas to conduct the audit. Although the audit was scheduled to be completed by mid-May, it remains ongoing with no clear deadline of completion. The process has been widely criticized and mocked, as auditors have bizarrely searched for traces of bamboo in ballots. Conspiracy theorists have baselessly claimed that counterfeit ballots with bamboo fibers were brought in from China.
"The way they're doing it, it's embarrassing," Arizona state Senator Paul Boyer, who previously supported the audit moving forward,. "It makes me embarrassed to be a state senator at this point."
"I feel like we're in this fantasy land. I still have yet to see any evidence [of fraud], and I don't think it's coming," Boyer added.
Arizona's Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat,that the audit was creating an atmosphere "prime for cooking the books."
"This does not even closely resemble what you would see in a legitimate post-election audit that was trying to verify election results," Hobbs said.
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"And we know that they are creating an atmosphere that is prime for cooking the books so that they can produce the result that they want to produce."
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The hottest new destination for political tourists this summer is a barren and crumbling arena surrounded by an empty parking lot, where off-duty law enforcement officials providing security lounge under a flimsy plastic tent to escape the punishing sun and triple-digit heat radiating off the cracked asphalt. © The Hill Arizona election audit draws Republican tourists Inside Phoenix Memorial Coliseum, a parade of Republican legislators from across the nation have come to observe an audit of the more than 2.1 million votes cast last year in Maricopa County, an examination ordered by the Republican-controlled Arizona state Senate.