“I feel the counting can be accomplished by the top of this week,” former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican, advised reporters on Tuesday on the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, the place the audit is happening.
The audit groups are shifting sources to poll analysis work, which incorporates “something to do with the authenticity of the poll,” Bennett mentioned.
“Are there folds within the 1.9 million ballots that got here out and in by mail? Are alignment marks on the fronts and the backs of the ballots aligning as genuine ballots ought to? Is there a melancholy within the oval the place a human hand-held gadget would have crammed in that oval versus an inkjet printer or a Xerox machine or no matter you may suppose,” he added.
The poll analysis will take a lot of the remainder of the month, in accordance with Bennett, who’s the Arizona Senate’s liaison for the audit.
Randy Pullen, a former chairman of the Arizona Republican Occasion who can also be serving as a spokesman for the audit, advised reporters earlier Tuesday that 1.6 million of the practically 2.1 million ballots solid in Maricopa County in final yr’s election had been counted.
The state Senate ordered the audit late final yr amid issues of election integrity. The audit began on April 23. The Senate has management of the Coliseum by way of June 30 to complete the audit, in accordance with an agreement obtained by The Epoch Occasions.
Increasingly more employees have been introduced on in latest days to assist plow by way of the work, and officers added a 3rd shift that runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night time.
After the audit work is accomplished, the auditors, led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, are going to supply a last report back to the Senate. The report can be delivered one week after the opposite phases are accomplished, in accordance with a scope of labor doc the agency gave to the Senate.
The audit is basically supported by Republicans, together with the Arizona Republican Occasion, however has confronted criticism from Democrats, who tried to halt the method in court docket earlier this yr over safety and privateness issues.
A choose in late April ruled against the Arizona Democratic Party, saying they’d not offered “substantive proof of any breaches or threatened breaches of voter privateness.”
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who’s operating for governor, has mentioned observers she despatched to the audit have witnessed “problematic practices, altering insurance policies, and safety threats” that can render the audit findings “unreliable.” Bennett and different officers linked to the method have disputed the claims.