A partisan review in Arizona for the 2020 US presidential election that will be released on Friday is expected to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the major swing state while alleging deficiencies in local procedures and recommending changes to Arizona’s election laws.
A leaked copy of the report claims that Arizona’s largest voting district – Maricopa County – has failed to comply with state laws and election procedures, according to news agency and local news reports.
But manual counting of ballot papers by Republican supporters in Arizona showed Biden winning the election and electronic voting machines provided an accurate count in Maricopa.
The main audit contractor is a shadowy company, Cyber Ninjas, whose CEO has promoted conspiracy theories about orchestrated election fraud to deny President Donald Trump his reelection.
“Every time Trump and his supporters are given a forum to make this case, they swing and miss,” Ben Ginsberg, a longtime Republican election attorney and outspoken critic of Trump’s pressure to cancel the election, told The Associated Press.
Officially, Biden won Maricopa County with 45,109 votes and Arizona with 10,457 votes.
Trump referred to the vote recount in Arizona in a statement released late Thursday after a US congressional committee announced it was seeking interviews with four of his former presidential aides about the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
“Interestingly, the unelected Committee on Political Hackers ‘dropped’ the subpoena the night before the State of Arizona announced its findings from a forensic review of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election fraud,” Trump’s statement said.
“Everyone will be watching Arizona tomorrow to see what the respected auditors and the Arizona Senate have found out regarding the so-called elections,” Trump said.
Trump’s statement was later replaced on his website with an irrelevant statement that did not mention Arizona.
Arizona Republicans’ hand-count confirmation of Biden’s victory contradicts Trump’s narrative that widespread election fraud cost him the election. It also undermines claims by some of his closest allies that the voice-counting machines from Dominion Voting Systems, which were in use in Maricopa County, have altered the voices.
“Unfortunately, the report is riddled with errors and faulty conclusions about how Maricopa County conducted the 2020 general election,” Maricopa County officials said on Twitter.
Fraction: #Azodate A draft report from Cyber Ninjas confirms that the district’s survey for the 2020 general election was accurate and that the candidates were certified as did the winners, in fact.
Maricopacounty September 24, 2021
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which is controlled by Republicans by a 4-1 ratio, strongly defended the original vote count and testimony.
Republican President Jack Sellers has called the review “a disguised slob in an audit”.
Republican Supervisor Bill Gates said Thursday that the review’s reliance on $5.7 million in funding from Trump’s out-of-state allies means the results will lack credibility.
“The people who fund this audit, the people who called for this audit, we all know what they want it to find,” Gates said.
They want you to find that Donald Trump has won Maricopa County. “
The Arizona Senate has approved spending $150,000 on the audit, plus security and utilities costs. That pales in comparison to the nearly $5.7 million that Trump allies contributed as of late July.
Another Republican county supervisor, Clint Hickman, has been the subject of a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming that a fire that killed 120,000 chickens on his family’s egg farm west of Phoenix was a hoax to destroy evidence of Trump’s victory.
Official reviews of Maricopa County’s 2020 vote count were conducted in front of bipartisan observers, as were legally required audits aimed at ensuring voting machines were operating properly. A spot examination of partial hand counts found an exact match.
Two additional post-election reviews by federally accredited election experts found no evidence that voting machines altered votes or were connected to the Internet.
The Board of Supervisors commissioned the extraordinary reviews in an effort to prove to Trump supporters that there were no problems, but advocates of a partisan review were not convinced.
Election experts speculate that the report may misinterpret normal election procedures to claim something outrageous or elevate minor errors to major allegations of wrongdoing.
“They are simple procedural issues, and trying to amplify them to the point where they cast doubt on the election is nothing more than a painful loss,” David Baker, a former attorney at the Department of Justice, told the Associated Press.