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Politics Maricopa County audit team says ballots not 'at risk' from water leak

04:06  24 july  2021
04:06  24 july  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Arizona Senate president says 2020 election audit's ballot count differs from Maricopa tally

  Arizona Senate president says 2020 election audit's ballot count differs from Maricopa tally Ballots counted in the Arizona Senate's audit of the 2020 election differs from the tally by Maricopa County officials. © Provided by Washington Examiner That's what Senate President Karen Fann said in an interview on Tuesday in which she also noted that the discrepancy prompted the legislature to acquire new machines — "not Dominion’s, separate ones" — to again count the ballots. An official canvass report released by the county, which includes Phoenix, said 2,089,563 ballots were cast in November's election. Fann said she did not know the size of the discrepancy.

Afternoon thunderstorms caused a leak in the facility where workers moved operations for an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, but ballots are safe, a representative for Arizona Senate Republican's review said Friday.

a person standing next to a building © Provided by Washington Examiner

Phoenix and other parts of the state have experienced heavy rainfall and flash flooding, leading to roof damage to the facility where the GOP-led state Senate's audit team transported materials from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum earlier this month.

"No ballots are at risk," Randy Pullen, a spokesman for the review, told the Arizona Republic.

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  Arizona election auditors seek more records, voter canvass PHOENIX (AP) — Contractors hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election said Thursday that they don’t have enough information to complete their report, and urged legislators to subpoena more records and survey voters at home. Leaders of the GOP audit described a wide variety of reasons their review is taking months longer than the 60 days initially planned, including confusion about damaged ballots and a lack of access to certain data. They described the delays during a meeting livestreamed at the Capitol Thursday and watched by thousands.

Audit workers quickly pulled ballot boxes away from the leaks inside the Wesley Bolin Building, Pullen said, adding four leaks are stemming from specific spots, such as ducts in the ceiling.

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Fairgrounds management was called to fix the leaks inside the building, located at the south side of the area, Pullen said, noting the leaks would be an easy fix.

Senate President Karen Fann hired contractors, led by the firm Cyber Ninjas, to manage the election audit that began on April 23. The review, which includes a hand recount, has extended long past the initially anticipated end date of May 14.

President Joe Biden won Arizona and its 11 electoral votes by more than 10,000 votes out of the 3.3 million across the state. His lead of roughly 2 percentage points was due partly to his advantage in Maricopa County, where the Democrat scored nearly 45,000 more votes than former President Donald Trump among roughly 2.1 million ballots cast.

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  FACT FOCUS: A false narrative of 74K extra votes in Arizona Cyber Ninjas, the cybersecurity consulting firm hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election, on Thursday pushed a false narrative that Maricopa County received thousands of mail-in ballots that had no record of being sent out to voters. The firm's CEO Doug Logan used the baseless claim to urge legislators to subpoena more records and canvass voters at home, grasping for evidence of fraud even as a hand count of a statistical sample of ballots and two post-election audits showed no proof of wrongdoing in Maricopa County’s election.

After courts rejected several lawsuits challenging the 2020 results in Arizona and other states Trump lost, the former president and his allies have turned their attention to the GOP-led Arizona Senate audit in Maricopa County, touting it as an inspection that could support their claims of widespread fraud or irregularities.

Fann has said the audit is not about overturning the election but rather finding problems that could be addressed in election-focused legislation. Still, some in her caucus, including state Sen. Wendy Rogers, have called for recalling the state's electors even before the audit is completed and its final findings are released.

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State Senate Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli floated the possibility of introducing a resolution to “reclaim electors” if the audit's findings put Biden’s 2020 election victory in doubt. Although audit officials predicted the audit would conclude by the end of the summer, testimony last week before the Arizona Senate indicated it could be drawn out if their request for more materials and information leads to subpoenas.

Fact check: Arizona audit chief baselessly raises suspicion about 74,000 ballots

  Fact check: Arizona audit chief baselessly raises suspicion about 74,000 ballots Arizona's Senate held a Thursday briefing on the ongoing Republican-initiated "audit" of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, where Joe Biden outperformed Donald Trump by enough of a margin to win the state. © Benjamin Chambers/The Republic/Imagn Content Services LLC Cyber Ninja's CEO and audit leader Doug Logan testifies at the Senate hearing on the progress of the election audit in Maricopa County at the Arizona Senate in Phoenix on July 15, 2021. The review is being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a cybersecurity firm that has no experience in election auditing.

Maricopa County officials, who have said the auditors are incompetent and refuse to cooperate fully with the review, previously authorized two election machine audits that found no irregularities in the county's 2020 election. There was also a hand recount of a statistical sample of ballots that did not turn up any problems.

Maricopa County officials announced last month voting machines subpoenaed for the audit would be removed from service after Arizona's Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, threatened to decertify the equipment, citing concerns with the methods of Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm hired to lead the review.

The U.S. Justice Department also signaled it may take action against the audit.

Tags: News, Arizona, 2020 Elections, Kelli Ward, Republican, Arizona Senate

Original Author: Kaelan Deese

Original Location: Maricopa County audit team says ballots not 'at risk' from water leak

Cyber Ninjas says it has received $5.7 million in private donations to fund the Arizona ballot audit .
Cyber Ninjas, which leads the much-criticized ballot audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, released a donor list heavy with Trump supporters.Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan announced the figures on Wednesday following an extensive request for documentation from Congress' Oversight and Reform Committee.

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