Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said Tuesday that the audit of the 2020 election results came up with a different number of ballots than Maricopa County officials.
The story: Fann made the comment during an interview on KTAR with conservative radio host Mike Broomhead. She said that the number of ballots counted by Cyber Ninjas, a contractor hired by the state Senate to lead the review of the ballots, is different from that reported by the county.
“They haven’t released a number yet. However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point,” Fann told Broomhead, adding that she has no further details on the discrepancy. “They have not told me the number.”
She also addressed criticism aimed at Cyber Ninjas.
“I’m confident because it’s not just them,” said Fann. “Everybody keeps just counting on them when actually they are working with a number of other contractors that have experience in audits and in their expertise in their own fields … This is a joint effort.”
A third tally: The Senate is set to count the number of ballots that have been cast in last year’s election in Maricopa County. It will be the third recount in the states, however, the Senate will not look at the actual votes but rather the number of the ballots.
Fann said the latest count will begin this week on Tuesday. She had previously explained that the Senate has purchased two counting machines they plan to use to count the ballots.
“That will help us give like a third check-and-balance to see if those numbers are closer to the vendors’ numbers or Maricopa County’s or they all three could be right on target,” she said.
The two previous tallies were conducted by election officials in Maricopa County and later by audit teams that the state Senate hired.
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