GOP-backed election audit set to begin Friday in Arizona’s Maricopa County

After months of delay, a forensic audit of roughly 2.1 million ballots cast in Arizona’s Maricopa County is finally starting to get underway.

According to the Washington Examiner, trucks carrying equipment that will be used in the audit began unloading Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The ballots themselves were set to arrive there Thursday, with the audit slated to start Friday.

An audit in Arizona

Former President Donald Trump and his supporters had pointed to Arizona and its Maricopa County as they raised questions about the integrity of the 2020 White House race. Republicans in the Grand Canyon State hope to clear things up with the audit, but it took months of court battles to get here.

Maricopa County leaders had argued against the audit, which is being conducted at the behest of Arizona’s Republican-controlled Senate, and had blocked state officials from using their facilities to conduct the review, the Associated Press reported.

With a venue now secured, the auditing process is set to include a hand recount and a review of mail-in ballot signatures and voting tabulation machines. The entire process will be watched by bipartisan and independent observers.

It will also be live-streamed by One America News Network (OANN), a conservative outlet that helped raise $150,000 to match the $150,000 in taxpayer funds used by the state Senate to pay for the audit, the AP noted.

According to the Examiner, two previous audits by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors revealed no irregularities, nor did they find any malicious software or incorrect settings on voting machines. The machines were not connected to the internet during the initial post-election ballot-counting process, investigators found, according to the AP.

Critics raise questions

Organizers of the audit have insisted that it will be conducted in a nonpartisan and transparent fashion, but some critics disagree, and Democrats, like current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, have called the whole thing a “circus.”

“Nobody should be taking this circus seriously,” she told the AP. “That’s what it is. It’s a circus.”

Meanwhile, many in the media have argued that the rules put in place for coverage of the process are too onerous. One regulation reportedly requires each journalist present to serve at least one six-hour shift as an independent observer, during which time they aren’t allowed to take notes or photos.

Questions have also been raised about suspected bias and partisanship of at least one of the firms contracted to participate, Cyber Ninjas. According to the Examiner, its CEO, Doug Logan, was previously a promoter of the “Stop the Steal” movement that claimed the 2020 election was ripe with fraud.

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, tapped by the state Senate to oversee the audit process, has acknowledged scrutiny of Logan, as the AP notes, but vowed: “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that we audit the election and not the contractor’s opinions.”

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  1. It’s about time! I hope that more counties across the country follow suit. That’d be one way to get rid of Biden and Harris. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

    1. Sharon Fitzpatrick well sure the democrat’s are guilty they are scared people are going to find out President Trump was right and then start arresting people like AOC Nancy P Chuch S Maxine Waters to sum it up all the DEMOCRAT’S

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  3. Americans know this election was fraud ! This Administration needs removed by force !!! They have committed Treason against “We The People ” !!! The United States !!!!

  4. I think that ALL of the 2020 election should be audited—EVERY STATE!!! Then when the FRAUD is found and confirmed–KICK BIDENS A$$ out of the White House and let Trump fix the MESS Biden and Harris have created. ANY official that are found to have helped in the FRAUD should go to GITMO for a very long time. Soros, Gates and any other that helped including Big Tech, the lying Media and politicians like Pelosi, Schumer should be tried for Treason against the American people like NAZIs were tried after WWII! This is the worst instance of TREASON by the government EVER in this country—The American people deserve their vengance for what these criminals have done.

  5. Agree with all posts! Include Obama in that arrest as well! He has been undermining our government since 2006, he is the one who started the “ never Trump” movement! And—- he is he one who created the fraud in both his elections an also 2020! He needs to be deported along with Soros and no allowed back in our country, and send “ big mike “ packing as well!

  6. SNIFF & BLOW GOTTA GO! TIME TO DITCH BIDEN AND HARRIS!

    WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

    Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action? How much more damage needs to be done?

    I urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND a COMPLETE AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION into the 2020 ELECTIONS and for the IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

    BIDEN is completely UNFIT FOR OFFICE! And they both (BIDEN & HARRIS) have family members putting them both in a CONFLICT of interest position advertising and promoting their businesses and using their VP and POTUS both as an advertising self-interest, self-promoting position and it is ILLEGAL!

    Then copy and paste this information into an E-Mail and send to friends and family asking them to make the calls, then forward on to their friends asking them to make the calls and forward on! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS GO VIRAL!

    Members of the House
    202-224-3841

    Members of the Senate
    202-224-3121

    TOLL FREE:
    866-272-6622

    Keep in mind: SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE

    Please, don’t make an excuse not to make the calls, excuses as they say are like A-*****, we all got one!

  7. It’s about overdue that this is happening !!! What about the rest of the states ??? Voter ID is a must for each and every US citizen !!! You are ID’s on everything else – what’s wrong with voting – is it a mindset of fraud ??? I, for one, don’t want the non-American or dead to vote in a US election !!! Why has this happened ??? News channels turn a bling eye to this – wonder why – I suppose news outlets are owned by democrats !!!

  8. The machines had to be connected to the internet in some way, they had to send results and not by telephone, and how did people in Italy and other countries know vote count before we did here in USA, if not connected to internet there is no way that could happen, also remember when Biden on live TV admitted to the coruption that the Democrats had put in place to cheat and win for him, A blind man can see what happened in election.

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