On Saturday night, the Arizona Audit War Room Twitter page tweeted out that America’s Audit had reached a HUGE MILESTONE!
“1 million ballots counted in the ONLY forensic audit in Maricopa County!”
Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, talked about the progress of the controversial review in a Memorial Day video posted to Twitter and addressed a report that the GOP-led legislature is considering yet another recount that goes beyond the current examination of ballots specifically for the Senate and presidential election.
“As for ‘America’s Audit,’ counting continues today, and the latest total has hit 1 million ballots evaluated and hand-counted. That’s in large part due to more volunteer counters in place, and that gets us to nearly 50% of the 2.1 million 2020 ballots cast in Maricopa County,” Ward said.
“We also know there has been additional discussion among the Arizona Senate and the auditors regarding the possibility of hiring a California-based election transparency group called Citizens Oversight to run an entirely electronic recount of digital images of ballots to count all votes cast for every single race on the county’s ballots. These totals could be used in every race to compare totals with official totals for Maricopa County and from the audit itself,” she said.
The audit will take Sunday off but they will resume counting on Monday. With their current pace, this audit should be finished before the end of June.
Election experts warned that the effort in Arizona is just the beginning, with reviews to come in other states.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann told CNN she’s just trying to address voters’ doubts about the legitimacy of the county’s election process.
“I don’t care if you’re in Arizona or any state across the nation. If we have those kind of doubts, we owe it to them to answer their question. This will be the basis of a gold standard,” Fann said.