Trump claimed fraud in the election, which took place in Arizona, a key swing State that helped Biden win the White House.
A partisan review in Arizona of the 2020 United States presidential election to be released on Friday is expected to acknowledge Joe Biden won the key swing state while alleging shortcomings in local procedures and recommending changes to Arizona election laws.
A draft of the report has been leaked. It claims that Arizona’s largest electoral district, Maricopa County, failed to comply with state statutes.
But a hand count of ballots by partisan Arizona Republicans showed Biden won the election and electronic ballot machines delivered an accurate count in Maricopa.
The audit’s lead contractor is an obscure company, Cyber Ninjas. Its chief executive has promoted conspiracy theories regarding fraud in the election that denied President Donald Trump his re-election.
” “Every time Trump and his support have been given a platform to prove this case they have swung at and missed,” Ben Ginsberg said to The Associated Press. Ginsberg is a Republican election lawyer and vocal critic to Trump’s push for overturning the election.
Officially, Biden had won Maricopa County by 45,109 votes and Arizona by 10,457 votes.
Trump made reference to the Arizona recount in a statement released late Thursday night after a US congressional commission announced it is seeking interview with his former presidential aides regarding the January 6 riot at US Capitol.
“Interesting that the Unselect Committee of political hacks ‘dropped’ their subpoena request the night before Arizona is expect to announce its findings from the Forensic Audit on voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election scam,” Trump’s statement said.
” Everyone will be watching Arizona tomorrow to find out what highly respected auditors and Arizona State Senate discovered about the so-called election,” Trump stated.
Trump later changed his statement on his website to one that didn’t mention Arizona.
The Arizona Republicans’ hand-count confirmation of a Biden victory goes against Trump’s narrative that widespread election fraud cost him the election. It also contradicts some of his closest allies’ claims that vote-counting machines from Dominion Voting Systems (which were used in Maricopa County) changed votes.
“Unfortunately, the report is also littered with errors & faulty conclusions about how Maricopa County conducted the 2020 General Election,” Maricopa County officials said on Twitter.
BREAKING: The #azaudit draft report from Cyber Ninjas confirms the county’s canvass of the 2020 General Election was accurate and the candidates certified as the winners did, in fact, win.
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) September 24, 2021
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was 4-1 controlled by Republicans and had vigorously defended the original vote total and certification.
Republican Chairman Jack Sellers called the review “a grift disguised in an audit”.
Republican Supervisor Bill Gates stated on Thursday that the review’s dependence on $5.7m of funding from Trump allies means that the findings will be lacked authenticity.
” The people funding this audit, those who have called for it, we all know what we want it to find,” Gates stated.
” They want it to show that Donald Trump won Maricopa County .”
The Arizona Senate agreed to spend $150,000 on the audit, plus security and facility costs. This is a small amount compared to the $5.7m that Trump allies contributed in late July.
Another Republican county supervisor, Clint Hickman, has been the subject of an outlandish conspiracy theory claiming a fire that killed 120,000 chickens at his family’s egg farm west of Phoenix was a ruse to destroy evidence of Trump’s victory.
Official reviews of Maricopa County’s 2020 vote count were conducted in front of bipartisan observers, as were legally required audits meant to ensure voting machines work properly. A spot check of partial hand counts found a perfect match.
Two additional post-election reviews were conducted by federally certified election specialists. They found no evidence that voting machines switched votes, or were connected to any internet.
The Board of Supervisors ordered the extraordinary reviews to show Trump backers that there were no issues. However, advocates of the partisan review were not convinced.
Election experts believe the report could misinterpret ordinary election procedures to claim something nefarious, or elevate minor errors into major allegations of wrongdoing.
” They’re minor procedural issues and to try to amplify them to the point that they cast doubt on election is nothing but sore loserism,” David Becker told the AP, a former Justice Department lawyer.
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