Politics Trump claims preliminary Maricopa County audit report 'far different' than final report
Fact check: No evidence 'lost votes' or 'ghost votes' affected Arizona's election outcome
Local elections officials, media outlets and experts say the report is flawed.But online, some conspiracy theorists are still claiming voter fraud helped put Biden in the White House.
Former Presidenton Friday reiterated allegations of widespread fraud in the general election last November, saying news outlets are "lying" about preliminary reports suggesting the long-anticipated Maricopa County audit will confirm President 's victory in the county last year.
Trump said he had reviewed the "huge findings in Arizona" detailing "undeniable evidence of FRAUD" in the county's general election, adding that the final report "is far different than that being reported by the Fake News Media" and calling on Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to promptly investigate the matter.
Arizona’s Audit Continues to Be a Chaotic Mess
If you accept the ridiculous premise that the election needed to rechecked, why do such a bad job of it?Arizona state-Senate Republicans launched the process this spring as a response to false claims of election fraud spread by several of themselves, as well as former President Donald Trump. The Senate hired Cyber Ninjas, a firm run by a “Stop the Steal” backer that has repeatedly declined to offer any evidence it is qualified for the job. The process was originally expected to conclude by May 14. This was a hard deadline, because the coliseum rented for the count was due to hold another event. But the count missed that deadline, and the process resumed later in May.
"Huge findings in Arizona! However, the Fake News Media is already trying to 'call it' again for Biden before actually looking at the facts — just like they did in November," Trump claimed in a statement via his Save America PAC newsletter. "The audit has uncovered significant and undeniable evidence of FRAUD! Until we know how and why this happened, our Elections will never be secure."
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America— RSBN ???????? (@RSBNetwork)
Trump released a second statement Friday morning alleging that election data from Maricopa County "appears to have been intentionally deleted, and ballot images were 'corrupt or missing.'" The former president also cited figures he claimed demonstrated that there were "enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes, and fake votes to change the outcome of the election 4 or 5 times over."
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Certified election results, as well as several audits, show President Joe Biden won Arizona, contrary to Mike Lindell's claims.Ahead of an Aug. 11 "cyber symposium" in Sioux Falls, S.D., Mike Lindell promised data that would prove the election was stolen from Trump. But that data never came, and Josh Merritt, a "cyber expert" Lindell hired, told the Washington Times he'd seen no evidence to back up that claim.
Leaked draft reports from the hand count of 2.1 million ballots, which was commissioned by the majority-Republican Senate earlier this year, indicated that Trump had 261 fewer votes than the county's canvass gave him, while Biden evidently earned 99 more, according to preliminary reportby the Arizona Republic. Altogether, the election audit report suggested Biden gained 360 votes, scoring him a victory of 45,469 votes in Maricopa County, the report added.
According to the preliminary summary report, which audit spokesman Randy Pullen contended is "not the final report, but it's close," to, auditors had several concerns after performing the monthslong election review, claiming that files were missing from the Election Management System server, data in the database related to the 2020 election had been fully cleared, and many people who had moved prior to the election cast ballots.
Arizona Senate previews Maricopa audit report presentation
The contractors tasked to audit the 2020 Maricopa County general election are poised to present their findings to the Arizona Senate on Friday, which offered a preview on Wednesday. © Provided by Washington Examiner Lead Contractor and Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, CyFIR founder Ben Cotton, and others tasked for the state Senate-commissioned operation will show the results of the review to Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Chairman Warren Peterson at 1 p.m. local time Friday, according to a press release.
Trump's chief spokeswoman Liz Harrington, whoa copy of the draft report, pointed to a line saying there was "a total ballot delta of 11,592 between the official canvass and the VM55 file when considering both the counted and uncounted ballots" as evidence the results should not have been certified.
"The 'official results' vs. Maricopa County's final records of who voted are off by 11,592, which is MORE than the election margin," she wrote. "How can you certify results that the County can't even back up!"
I would remind Liz and everyone else there there is a thing called secured voters. They are federal judges law enforcement officers and domestic violence victims that do not show up on th vm55 voted file.— The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer)
Harrington's remark prompted pushback from election experts who also review the preliminary audit report, such as Garrett Archer, a former senior elections analyst for the Arizona Secretary of State's Office who presently works as a political and data analyst for a local outlet ABC15.
Arizona Election Review Draft Recommends 2 Procedure Changes Already Used in 2020 Vote
The recommendations already in place are that Arizona should have paper ballot backups and voting machines should not be connected to the internet.The draft claims there were many shortcomings of the election process, suggests changes to state law and suggested the final vote tally was still not reliable.
"I would remind Liz and everyone else there there is a thing called secured voters," Archer tweeted. "They are federal judges law enforcement officers and domestic violence victims that do not show up on th vm55 voted file."
Republican Senate President Karen Fann hired the Florida-based contractor Cyber Ninjas to lead the audit. The firm is operated by CEO Doug Logan, who has notoriously dodged media inquiries regarding the audit process since the recountin late April.
State Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican with connections to the audit effort, said she spoke with Logan on the phone andthe preliminary report was only a "partial draft."
"Tomorrow's hearing will render findings of great consequence," she added, implying that the preliminary report that was released to multiple media outlets is missing key details about the election review.
Brnovich's officethe county to comply with a subpoena for router images the auditors claimed they needed to complete the report, or lose its state funding, which provides nearly a third of the county's budget. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors with the Senate on Sept. 18 to establish a "special master" to take questions from Cyber Ninjas and another firm on the audit team, CyFIR, providing them with the information contained on the routers they say they needed to finish the report.
Arizona GOP Chair Calls For New Audit After Biden Confirmed Winner Again
"FULL SIGNATURE AUDIT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!" Dr. Kelli Ward tweeted after Trump's loss was confirmed.Results of the audit, which was led by a group called "Cyber Ninjas," were released on Friday and found that Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by slightly more votes than the official count. Although the review was the third audit of Arizona results, none of which cast any reasonable doubt on Biden's win, Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward took to Twitter to call for another audit while insisting that Friday's results indicated "possible malfeasance.
, who largely opposed the Arizona Senate's audit in court until a judge ruled its subpoenas were "legal and enforceable," previously authorized two election machine audits that found no in the county's 2020 election. There was also a recount of a sample of ballots that did not .
County Chairman Jack Sellers released a statement to the Washington Examiner on Thursday after media articles came out over the preliminary audit report, saying that he suspects the Senate will accuse the county on Friday "of not cooperating, failing to fill holes in the knowledge of the Senate's chosen contractor."
Sellers accused the audit team of having "no idea how to run any election," adding that the county on Friday "will correct their errors and misrepresentations about the processes they don’t understand."
"I hope those holding on to their anger for the past 10 months will see the truth and put their energy into supporting the democratic process instead of trying to tear it down," Sellers said.
Biden defeated Trump in Arizona by more than 10,000 votes in 2020. Biden edged out Trump by 45,000 votes in Maricopa County, where the former president and other Republicans in the state have alleged fraud despite denials from election officials.
The Senate is set to debut its complete audit report on Friday at 1 p.m. local time, and it will beonline.
The Washington Examiner contacted the office of Brnovich but did not immediately receive a response.
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Arizona finished its “audit.” Other states are just getting started. .
Ten months later, the GOP is still trying to dispute the 2020 election.The results of the “audit” — a haphazard GOP review of ballots in Arizona’s Maricopa County, with no legal force behind it — found the vote totals virtually unchanged from the actual election results, which were certified by Arizona officials in November of last year.