What’s happening to Maricopa County audit and Arizona recount numbers? The updated news from election 2020 audit.
Arizona Audit Director Ken Bennett: “We haven’t received ANYTHING from them”
On Thursday, Jordan Conradson (The Gateway Pundit) sat down again with Arizona Audit Director Ken Bennett and Randy Pullen for updates on the ongoing audit of the 2020 Maricopa County Election.
As the audit is finding serious irregularities and likely fraud they are facing constant obstruction attempts by the county, local Democrats, national Democrats, and the liberal media.
Staffing for the audit is moving up every day and the Senate Audit team trained over 300 new people last week. On Tuesday, they had 29-30 counting tables fully staffed and they have a few more tables to fill in to have the 45 tables filled. They are currently discussing opening a 3rd counting shift each day.
The most recent ballot count is 660,000 ballots completed as of May 14th, and their goal is to finish counting the ballots by June 30.
Conradson asked Bennett for updates on the MCBOS’s and Katie Hobbs’ attempts to stop this process.
Conradson: How is the audit going?
Bennett: We started back up yesterday and everything is running very smoothly. We have the most counting tables filled that we’ve had since we began and they are increasing every day. More and more volunteers and staff are coming in, so we’re pleased.
Conradson: In regards to your response to the MCBOS on the 18th, have you gotten an answer from the county regarding issues with duplicate ballots and corresponding originals?
Bennett: No we haven’t heard anything from them yet, but we’re putting together a specific email to ask them some of those questions. They didn’t want to come to the hearing at The Senate and they had their own little hearing the day before. So, we didn’t get many of the answers we would have like to have gotten but we are getting ready to contact them to get whatever they’re willing to give us.
Conradson: How about the chain of custody documentation from November to April, any word on that?
Bennett: We still have not received anything about that, no.
Conradson: In regards to pink slip discrepancies, they basically said “we don’t believe you. Your auditors must have counted wrong”. Do you think that the auditors might have counted wrong or do you think they’re just deflecting the blame?
Bennett: Well, we’ve been very precise, and I’ve watched personally to see if those numbers add up all the time, and many times they do not. So, the data that we sent them in the email saying that those batches do not always equal the number of ballots that their little subtotal sheet say should be there, is a correct statement. And so we hope they’ll be able to give us a little more insight, other than saying it’s supposed to add up and we must have just counted wrong. We’ve double and triple-checked that and we hope they’ll give us a little more insight.
Conradson: Instead of showing up to your meeting they held their own meeting where they didn’t really answer your questions. What are they afraid of? Why didn’t they just come to your meeting?
Bennett: I don’t know. I thought President Fann did a great job of going back to the history of the very beginning where they gave every indication to her that they would be cooperative and their reason for not being able to move forward at that time was that they didn’t have the authority and the senate gave them that authority through the subpoenas. But as soon as the subpoenas were issued, they seemed to have become very contrary and uncooperative. So, we hope that we can break through that and get some better cooperation, but it takes two sides to cooperate.
Conradson: at what point does this require criminal action If they’re not following the subpoenas?
Bennett: It may never get to criminal action. If they don’t want to cooperate, they don’t want to cooperate.
Conradson: Have there been any other attempts to stop this process by the BOS, Democrats, or Katie Hobbs?
Bennett: Katie Hobbs, The Secretary of State, released a letter saying that the machines can no longer be used, which is totally ludicrous. We haven’t done anything with the machines that they wouldn’t normally do in handling the machines. We had the big high-volume scanner machines for a little more than a week and we returned them in exactly the same condition that we received them in so I don’t think there’s anything that we’ve done with the machines that makes them unusable.
Conradson: My last question, I don’t see any of the pink shirts like Ryan or any of Katie Hobbs’ operatives. Where are they?
Bennett: The pink shirts, the observers from the secretary of states office, seem to be coming in the afternoon shift and they’ve kinda quit coming in the morning shift for some reason.
Arizona Senate considers using new technology for digital recount
The Arizona Senate is close to signing a deal for its second review of Maricopa County’s 2020 general election ballots.
The effort would expand the ongoing audit and is expected to use a new technology.
This second recount of all 2.1 million ballots would be done electronically, running the original digital images of ballots through a program that would count all votes cast for every race on the ballot. This is a different approach from the ongoing recount, which is being done by hand.
Senate Republican leaders are negotiating with Citizens Oversight, a California-based election transparency nonprofit, according to Senate liaison Ken Bennett.
Adding a second count is important for comparison purposes, Bennett said. The cost of such a deal is unknown at this point.
Maricopa County ballot batches off by 17.5%, ‘Joe Biden did not win Arizona’
Former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn reveals on Steve Bannon’s War Room another bombshell from the Arizona Senate President Karen Fann’s letter. That’s Maricopa County ballot bags off by over 17 percent.
He said: “Likely Joe Biden did not win Arizona”
According to AP, Republicans in the Arizona Senate have signed a lease to continue the audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County through the end of June.
Under the new lease signed Wednesday, the ballots, computers, tables and related equipment will be stored elsewhere at the state fairgrounds next week. The Senate will regain access to the coliseum on May 23 and have it through the end of June.
Senate President Karen Fann sent a letter Wednesday to Jack Sellers, chairman of the Republican-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, requesting that county officials publicly answer questions at the Senate on Tuesday.
Fann repeated the Senate’s demand for access to administrative passwords for vote-counting machines and internet routers. County officials say they have turned over all the passwords they have and have refused to give up the routers, saying it would compromise sensitive data, including classified law enforcement information held by the sheriff’s office.
Fann proposed allowing its contractor to view data from the routers at county facilities under supervision of the sheriff’s office. “The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election,” she wrote.
The county says the passwords the Senate is seeking are maintained by Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which makes the vote-counting machines and leases them to the county. The company said in a statement Thursday that it cooperates with auditors certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and did so for two prior audits of 2020 results in Maricopa County, but won’t work with Cyber Ninjas.
Fann’s letter also questions the county’s records that document the chain of custody of the ballots and accuses county officials of deleting data.
In a statement, Trump called it “a devastating letter” and said “the Fake News and Lamestream Media is doing everything they can not to cover this major story.”