Republican efforts to review the results of November’s presidential election continue this week in Arizona.
According to the Washington Examiner, a new forensic audit of ballots cast in the state’s largest county is set to begin on Thursday.
Details of the election audit
GOP state senators will reportedly review more than 2 million ballots months after President Joe Biden narrowly won the state’s electoral votes.
Media reports calling the state for Biden represented the first serious sign of trouble for then-President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Maricopa County, which includes Pheonix, would remain a flashpoint of controversy amid subsequent Republican claims of voter fraud in the election.
For their part, county officials maintain that the vote counts were accurate and have refused to participate in the audit after being forced to hand over election materials in response to a subpoena. The review will take place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, which the state Senate has rented until mid-May.
Security firm Cyber Ninjas is presiding over the process, which will test voting machines and perform a hand recount of all ballots. Live coverage of the undertaking will be provided by conservative media outlet One America News Network.
Trucks arrived at the site on Wednesday to transport voting machines and ballots were expected to arrive the next day.
“Results the public can have confidence in”
Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan signaled that he anticipates being able to show “that this process is fully accountable and will yield results the public can have confidence in.”
Arizona Republicans say the audit will restore confidence in the election, but critics denounce it as a futile effort to demonstrate that the recent election was illegitimate.
Trump and his allies contested the election results for weeks, prompting a fierce partisan debate over allegations of voter fraud and irregularities.
As for the new audit in Arizona, critics say that Cyber Ninjas cannot perform a fair review because Logan has already indicated that he believes the election was stolen.
He is not alone, however, as a wide range of voters remain convinced that the election was somehow compromised in an effort to prevent Trump from serving a second term.