Amid the Republican-majority Arizona Senate’s ongoing audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 general election, GOP lawmakers are pushing to expand the audit beyond the presidential and senatorial election results. If successful, the state Senate will examine votes for all races held on Election Day.
Cyber Ninjas, an independent consulting firm based in Florida, is currently conducting the audit of the 2020 presidential election as well as the races for US Senate.
However, the other races would be audited separately via machine tabulation using digital images of the county’s millions of votes, Ken Bennett, the Senate’s audit liaison, told the Arizona Republic.
“We are looking with other companies to do a machine tabulation of all the races on the ballot to compare with the Dominion tabulation back in November,” said Bennett. “We will be looking at the images of all 2.1 million ballots.”
He also revealed the Senate may hire a California-based company, which was left unnamed, to conduct the audit of the other races.
In what may come as a surprise, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, reportedly told the outlet that the audits will not be used to overturn the election results that were certified months ago. Rather, they will be used to ensure the integrity of future elections and prevent fraudulent activity from occurring again in Maricopa County.
Although the 2020 presidential election audit was originally supposed to be completed by May, it could be delayed until July because of issues with the venue where it is being conducted, auditors indicated.
However, according to Maricopa Arizona Audit’s official Twitter page, the audit will resume on May 24.
If Arizona Senate Republicans are successful in auditing all of Maricopa County’s ballots, it could provide more insight into the voter fraud allegations and discrepancies that outraged voters across America.