iden won (by more votes) and there was no proof of fraud, according to an Arizona ‘audit.’
A so-called audit that Trump supporters claimed would show that the election had stolen from the defeated president found that Joe Biden actually won Arizona by more votes than the official tally — and that there was no conclusive evidence that the election influenced by fraud — after months of work and $6 million spent.
According to draught reports from Senate President Karen Fann’s analysis of Maricopa County’s election results.
a hand count of over 2.1 million ballots from the November 2020 election revealed.
Donald Trump received 261 fewer votes than the county’s official canvass, while Biden received 99 more.
Overall, Biden received 360 votes in the Senate “audit” hand count.
which was widely denounced as fundamentally faulty by election experts.
giving him a 45,469 vote victory in Maricopa County.
Biden received 45,109 votes in the county and 10,457 votes in the state, according to official results.
At 1 p.m. on Friday, the “audit” team will present its findings to the Senate.
However, three draught reports that began circulating on Thursday reflect what audit detractors have long claimed:
that the election was handled properly and that the votes were correctly counted.
“This signifies that the tabulation technology correctly counted the ballots, and the results accurately reflect the voters’ wishes.
That should bring the story to a close.
Everything else is just noise,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers state in a press statement Thursday night.
The audit findings also revealed no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing that may have influenced the outcome of the Arizona election.
The reports make a number of ballot-related statements that could be problematic for a variety of reasons.
However, it leaves the questions unresolved and offers no definitive statements.
The findings show that before producing the reports, the audit team did not check those assertions further to evaluate their authenticity.
One portion claimed, for example, that the examination discovered 10,342 “potential voters” who had voted in several Arizona counties based on individuals with identical first and last names, middle initials, and birth years.
Multiple people could share the facts, according to the paper, but the list “should be thoroughly checked.”
The audit team did not perform such a review, according to the report.
Voters can request that their early votes be sent to a temporary address under state law.
According to the draught report, 23,344 early ballots were cast by people who shouldn’t receive them because they relocated, based on a comparison of the identities of voters who cast ballots with data from a third-party data vendor.
Another piece states that 9,041 persons returned more ballots than they had received, while the study admits that there could be acceptable reasons for this.
Many of the purported problems raised by the study could have alleviated if the county had cooperated with the audit.
according to the executive summary of the report.
, which did not mention the results of the hand-count, which took more than three months to complete.
The county has been adamant about not cooperating or participating, even refusing to answer questions concerning election regulations and processes.
This has been a challenge for the audit team, which has no experience with elections.
“The majority of these impediments could have readily solved if Maricopa County had chosen to cooperate with the audit.
The County obstructed a comprehensive audit by withholding some subpoena materials.
refusing to answer inquiries as is customary between auditor and auditee, and in some cases intentionally interfering with audit research,” according to the summary.
According to Sellers, the county’s refusal to cooperate was for a valid cause.
“How could we comply with an investigation led by people who have no knowledge how to run any election, let alone one in the United States’ second-largest voting district?
In a press statement, he added, “The Board approved the election plan.
So we engaged and backed our election specialists, and they executed a well-run and accurate election in line with Arizona law.”
It’s unclear whether or how the final reports.
which will presented to the Senate on Friday by audit team leader Doug Logan.
CEO of the Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas would change from the draught reports.
Logan, who has almost totally refused to communicate with the media since Fann picked him to conduct the audit in March.
did not answer requests from the Arizona Mirror.
Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, is one of the audit’s most ardent supporters.
stated on Twitter that she had spoken with Logan and that he informed because her that the leaked draughts circulating Thursday night were simply draughts and partial findings.
Rogers tweeted, “Tomorrow’s
the hearing will provide findings of tremendous relevance.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Logan’s findings were incorrect.
He has a track record of making demonstrably incorrect comments that have refuted the by-election records he already has.
Logan claimed the audit uncovered 74,000 votes cast by people who had submitted early ballots but whose records did not show had
sought them during a presentation to Fann and Senate Judiciary Chairman Warren Petersen in July.
After the deadline to seek early ballots by mail passed, the votes cast at in-person early voting facilities.
which Logan could have readily located using the county’s master list of those who voted in the election, which he had.
Also, Logan’s team wrote in a note appended to a part concerning mail-in ballots received without any record of their delivery that the assertion was “unintentionally deceptive” and was merely meant to advocate for door-to-door canvassing of voters to ascertain if they had actually voted.
Whatever the findings of the hand count are.
they are the consequence of a defective and error-prone process, according to election experts.
So The audit team.
which had no prior experience with elections and frequently demonstrated a lack of understanding of basic election processes and procedures.
spun ballots on turntables as employees counted votes in the presidential and Senate elections.
So The Arizona Mirror, an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom, which includes the Florida Phoenix.
first reported this article.