Arizona Audit Nears Completion and Begins to Move Machines Out Of Coliseum
Posted On July 2, 2021
The audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, is nearing completion.
Late on Thursday, audit volunteers prepared the 2020 election ballots and machines to be transported out of The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The auditors, volunteers, and other members are leaving the coliseum after completing both the hand recount and paper evaluation of nearly 2.1 million ballots in the massive county.
The ballots are being moved to a secure onsite location.
Adding another layer of security and protection, the trucks transporting the ballots and machines are escorted by police and other officials to the secure location.
Maricopa County officials announced on Monday that voting machines subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate for its audit of the 2020 election will not be used in the future.
In response to a May 20 letter from Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel made the announcement.
“The voters of Maricopa County can rest assured, the County will never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections. The County recognizes Secretary Hobbs’ authority under A.R.S. § 16-442 to certify equipment for use in Arizona’s elections. As a result, the County will not use the subpoenaed equipment in any future elections,” the county said in a statement on Monday.
“Maricopa County noted this potential risk in February when it asked the court for guidance on the Senate subpoenas. Since then, the County has implemented backup plans that include acquiring new tabulation equipment for the March and May jurisdictional elections in 2021,” the statement added.
Check out the letter below:
Things have been moving very quickly in Arizona.
The GOP-controlled Arizona Legislature has voted to revoke the Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ legal authority in election-related lawsuits, handing that power to the attorney general.
The measure was included in major budget legislation, including several actions revolving around the election.
It now goes to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who has the power to accept or reject individual parts of the measure.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich has sparred with Hobbs before over election lawsuits.
Brnovich recently accused Hobbs of not adequately defending the state against election-related lawsuits.
The bill approved Thursday gives Brnovich’s office exclusive control of such lawsuits, but only through Jan. 2, 2023 — when the winners of the next elections for both offices would be about to take power.
Arizona was arguably one of the most important states in the 2020 presidential election.
Even seven months later, a battle is on to audit and examine just what went on in November in the battleground state.
The Republican legislature of the state never wants that to happen again and they just made a big move.
The Arizona House passed two bills aimed at securing their elections.
The first requires election officials to hand over records to prosecutors.
The second raises the threshold of auto recounts to 0.5 percentage points.
Many have been arguing for months that the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, could pave the way for many other states to follow.
Maricopa County has completed the hand counting of 2,089,563 ballots.
Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward recently provided a major update on the audit and what comes next.
Last week, it was revealed that a whopping nine state delegations will tour the Maricopa County audit facility on Friday.
Ward, who threatened that there “could be arrests of people who are refusing to comply,” says the audit could be completed much sooner than expected.
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Alexandra Brinkley is a News Desk writer for NRN. She seeks out the truth and reports the news based on facts.