Arizona election audit reveals GOP flaws as 2022 mid-sessions loom
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Nine months after the 2020 election and as preparations for next year’s midterm election begin, Republicans in Arizona are divided over whether a review of the election results of November in the state’s most populous county will shut down or reassure voters.
President Biden won Arizona over former President Donald Trump by a margin of just over 10,000 votes out of more than 3.3 million votes cast statewide. A recount of a sample ballot in Maricopa County found no problem. Two companies accredited by the US Federal Electoral Assistance Commission considered the gold standard for the industry, tested Maricopa’s voting machines, and said they were successful.
As Mr. Trump continued to challenge the election results and called on his supporters to do the same, Republicans in the Arizona State Senate ordered another review led by a Florida-based company called Cyber Ninjas Inc. No court or electoral authority found any evidence. widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election, and routine audits of paper ballots confirmed election results in key states. Arizona election results were already certified and this review will not change them, state officials said.
The GOP-commissioned review was supposed to take two months, but has expanded to four. Cyber Ninjas says he could complete the review this month.
Arizona Republicans who support the audit say there is a need to show voters they take election security seriously and that the 2022 election will be fair.