A review of millions of ballots cast in Arizona’s largest county will be delayed after three members of the company involved in the effort contracted COVID-19, according to a top Republican state lawmaker.
The firm, Cyber Ninjas, had been expected to hand over findings Monday from its review of 2020 presidential election ballots cast in Maricopa County, but that timeline will be pushed back after a majority of its team became “quite sick.”
“The team expected to have the full draft ready for the Senate today, but unfortunately Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and two other members of the five-person audit team have tested positive for COVID-19 and are quite sick,” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement.
Fann said lawmakers had received “a portion of the draft report” and that members of the Arizona Senate’s legal team would meet Wednesday to begin the process of reviewing the draft “for accuracy, clarity and proof of documentation of findings.”
A separate review is just beginning to verify voter signatures on the envelopes used to return their mail-in ballots. Fann said the Senate received those records from Maricopa County on Thursday.
The final result will take several weeks to public
Senate officials have said that after they get the drafts, they expect it will take several weeks to review, clarify and modify them.
The final report will go to the Senate Judiciary Committee, at which point it will be released publicly, the Senate said.
“Senate team will then review for accuracy and clarity for final report which will be released publicly,” Fann tweeted last week.
In March, the Arizona Senate hired Cyber Ninjas and two other firms to conduct their own audit of the 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County, saying the additional analysis would “validate every area of the voting process to ensure the integrity of the vote.”
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