Arizona auditors complete third ballot recount and ship materials back to Maricopa County
Auditors working on the Arizona Senate-led review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County completed a third and final re-election late Wednesday and prepared materials for Thursday's return to county liability.
The month-long audit, which has been conducted at the Phoenix State Exhibition Center since late April, will now focus on producing a comprehensive report based on the results of the voting machines and other voting materials analyzed during the review. The Maricopa District Election Department arrived by truck at the audit site Thursday morning to collect the materials.
"Maricopa County is picking up nearly 2.1 million ballots for the 2020 general election and other preloaded items today," the department wrote on Twitter. "We assume that it will take two trips and a large part of the day to get the pre-loaded items back."
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Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, who hired Florida-based Cyber Ninjas to lead the audit, said July 13th the third recount was necessary because of the initial audit numbers and those from officials from Maricopa County confirmed number mismatched.
The relocation of materials from the state fairgrounds comes a day after Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan released a statement detailing the long-awaited list of donors for consideration as the Republican-led Senate previously announced had that he would provide $ 150,000 for the audit effort. Where the external funding comes from cannot be revealed.
Logan's statement showed a monetary balance sheet from five conservative sources of donation, including the America Project, which provided $ 3.25 million for the audit. The total amount raised was $ 5,711,514.43, Logan said, but a calculation of all donations received is $ 5,661,514.43, up from $ 50,000.
Fann is expected to publish a comprehensive audit report by mid-August.
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President Joe Biden won Arizona and its eleven electoral votes with more than 10,000 votes out of 3.3 million nationwide. His lead of around 2 percentage points was due in part to his advantage in populous Maricopa County, where the Democrat got nearly 45,000 more votes than Trump with around 2.1 million votes cast.
The Washington Examiner contacted Cyber Ninjas and Maricopa County for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
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Original author: Kaelan Deese
Original Location: The Arizona auditors perform the third round recount and send the materials back to Maricopa County
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