Investigation requested on Maricopa County audit findings

Karen Fann, the president of Arizona’s State Senate, just referred the findings of the Maricopa County 2020 presidential election audit to Mark Brnovich, the state’s attorney general, the Washington Examiner reports

In a two-page letter that Fann sent to Brnovich, she writes:

As the Senate enters that next phase, there are several items in the reports that merit the attention of your office. I am therefore forwarding the reports for your office’s consideration and, if you find it appropriate, further investigation as part of your ongoing oversight of these issues.

Fann also states in the letter that “several of the auditors’ findings are concerning because they suggest less-than-perfect adherence to Arizona’s standards and best practices.” She went on to suggest solutions to five “urgent issues” that, based on the audit’s findings, need to be addressed.

Included among the suggestions are a better signature verification process; a better system to keep voter rolls updated; cybersecurity experts to oversee election technology and machinery; and, the preservation of election evidence. Fann also says that private companies should not be “trusted with the keys to our democracy.”

Background

On Friday, the Arizona State Senate released the findings of the Maricopa County Audit of the 2020 presidential election.

As Fann pointed out in her letter, overall, the audit confirms President Joe Biden as the winner of the state of Arizona. In fact, it even gives Biden a slightly wider margin of victory over former President Trump, by a few hundred votes.

In doing so, the audit confirmed the results of the Maricopa County Canvass, finding no significant difference between the two. Fann acknowledges all of this, and her letter to Brnovich is aimed at addressing some of the things that can prove problematic in future elections, should they be allowed to continue.

The part of the audit report that is not getting much coverage

As Breitbart points out, the audit actually calls into question some 49,000 votes cast in Maricopa County during the 2020 presidential election. This finding, though, is largely being ignored because, overall, the audit is in line with the canvass.

The reasons why these votes are being called into question are many. The overwhelming majority, though, have to do with the residence from which people voted.

Former President Donald Trump believes that the audit confirms that fraud took place and that the election was stolen from him. 49,000 votes, it ought to be noted, is about five times more votes than the margin of victory that Biden had over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

“I will take all necessary actions”

Following the release of the audit report, Brnovich put out a statement of his own promising to take action where he can.

“I will take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority,” he said. “Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected.”

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