The president of Arizona’s Senate, a Republican, provided a shocking update that is sure to thrill former President Donald Trump, his supporters, and others with lingering doubts about the presidential election.
According to the Washington Examiner, Senate President Karen Fann, who has been overseeing the controversial audit in Maricopa County, announced that a discrepancy with the official ballot tally recorded by the county has been found.
Next step: another recount
In an interview with radio host Mike Broomhead, Fann said that she did not know how large the discrepancy with Maricopa’s count of 2,089,563 ballots was, but she said that an “independent” machine recount will be completed.
“They haven’t released a number yet,” Fann said. “However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point.”
From the beginning, Democrats have dismissed the audit in Maricopa and others around the country as partisan attempts to sow doubts about President Biden’s legitimacy, and the media have piled on the firm running the audit, Cyber Ninjas, as unqualified and untrustworthy.
Maricopa County has opposed the audit since the beginning and was forced to surrender election material by a judge under subpoena. The county has cited its own audits, which found no issues, as authoritative.
The county’s chairman, Jack Sellers, dismissed the discrepancy as the result of a “woefully underqualified” team of auditors who he contrasted with the “experienced professionals” who managed Maricopa’s audits.
What will the audit find?
The shocking claim from Fann was followed by others at a hearing on Thursday in which the auditors claimed that 74,000 ballots could not be accounted for and suggested a door-to-door canvassing effort to verify who voted.
“Based on the data we’re seeing, I highly recommend we do the canvassing because it’s the one way to know for sure whether the data we’re seeing are real problems,” Fann said.
The auditors have continued to demand access to Maricopa’s routers, a request it has denied. Maricopa County has upped the ante by declaring it will cost taxpayers $3 million to replace the machines that the auditors subpoenaed, which they claim are no longer safe to use, Fox 10 Phoenix noted.
Biden’s shocking upset in Arizona was the first sign of his eventual victory on Election Night 2020. He carried the state by a razor-thin margin of 10,000 votes.
According to The Hill, a majority of Arizona Republicans believe the audit, once completed, will show that Trump truly won the state.