Three different election analyst groups have now said, according to the Washington Examiner, that Arizona Senate-hired election auditors got their numbers wrong in a recent audit of the 2020 election.
Florida-based Cyber Ninjas audited 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County and confirmed that President Joe Biden won the state according to the votes cast, but added that there were major concerns with the way the election was conducted.
But the election analyst groups found that Cyber Ninjas’ count was almost 16,000 ballots short, which Larry Moore of Clear Ballot Group said was a major discrepancy that can’t be ignored.
“The reality is they just made up the numbers,” he alleged after reviewing the audit.
Election integrity laws needed
After Cyber Ninjas presented their audit results on Sept. 24, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) asked that the county preserve election materials for an investigation and possible eventual litigation.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) defended the audit and its results, saying that it was conducted to show the need for election integrity legislation. She called the analysts’ report on the audit “a lie that borders on inflammatory.”
Critics have argued that Cyber Ninjas does not have election audit experience and was never qualified to conduct the audit in the first place, even though it found that former President Donald Trump had 261 fewer votes than originally counted during the election.
“The assertion that Trump had lost 261 votes was, we believe, a ‘shiny object’ designed to convey believability to an otherwise unbelievable hoax,” Moore wrote in a summary of analysts’ findings on the audit, according to Newsweek.
Several Republicans have slammed the Cyber Ninjas audit and concluded that its results cannot be trusted, including Republicans who campaigned for Trump before the 2020 election.
Fann forced to comply
After releasing its results on Sept. 24, Cyber Ninjas has refused to allow access to all of its records and documents, and the Senate has been ordered by the Arizona Supreme Court to do so.
“Senator Fann must release the Ninja’s findings,” the bipartisan analysts wrote on Friday. “Now, with the Arizona Supreme Court upholding the decision of the Appellate Court, she must comply — or be held in contempt.”
It remains to be seen whether Fann will comply with the court order.