The Arizona Senate is considering signing a deal to have another audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County as reports indicate that some auditors of the current are not satisfied with the process for it, The Washington Examiner reported.
The present audit, which includes a review of 2.1 million ballots cast in the state’s November election in the county, has been underway since April 23 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, led by the hired firm Cyber Ninjas. Audit liaison, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, told a reporter with CBS5 News on Thursday that hand counters had gone through more than 800,000 ballots so far. Organizers have said they hope to finish by the end of June.
But the GOP-led state Senate is already eyeing another recount that would be entirely electronic, running digital images of ballots through a program to count all votes cast for every race on the county’s ballot, according to the Arizona Republic. Bennett told the outlet they are considering a California-based election transparency nonprofit group called Citizens Oversight for the job, and the results from both audits could be compared to one another.
Citizens Oversight founder Ray Lutz, 63, told the Arizona Republic this week his group has never been commissioned to audit an election, adding that the technology being pitched for the process has never been used for an official audit.
“I would say absolutely this is a grand test,” he said to the Arizona Republic. “I think it is certainly a big test for me because I have put a lot of work on it for the last year and a half or so. We have enhanced it to the point now where I believe we can do a lot to provide information about how well (this election) went.”
“This is a new system that is valuable for the public to have and we can use for examining these elections and finding out what happened,” he said.
The new audit would not affect the current audit that Donald Trump has supported.
The new audit would use electronic images of the ballots which has some election officials concerned.
“In more than a decade working on elections, audits and recounts across the country, I’ve never seen one this mismanaged,” Jennifer Morrell, who is an audit observer for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office in the current audit, said.
Hobbs, who expressed “grave concerns” about the audit, was “stripped” of her ability to “defend election lawsuits” by Arizona’s House Appropriations Committee, which is led by Republicans, ABC 15 reported.
This is an excerpt from the Conservative Brief.
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