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Long-awaited and engulfed in controversy from start to finish, the Arizona Senate’s election audit gave America a split decision while leaving the question of whether illicit ballots were improperly cast or counted to the state’s attorney general.

The audit released Friday afternoon through painstakingly technical testimony concluded the final count of votes in the state’s largest county of Maricopa showing President Joe Biden won Arizona was accurate, but it also included tens of thousands of ballots that were suspect and require more investigation.

The more than 50,000 ballots flagged by auditors for more investigation involved concerns ranging from people voting from addresses from which they had already moved to residents voting twice. The total in question was nearly five times the 10,400 vote margin that separated the two presidential candidates, giving Donald Trump’s troops fresh reason to call for more scrutiny.

The job of resolving the question now falls to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican who has ambitions of winning a U.S. Senate seat in 2022.

Brnovich immediately seized the opportunity, announcing his office’s election integrity unit would review the questionable ballots to determine if further action was warranted.

“I will take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority,” Brnovich tweeted a short while before the final official audit results were to be released. “Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected.”

Across the country, Republican efforts to audit results in states like Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania got a glimpse of what may be in store politically as well as a roadmap for what issues to review. Democrats and their media allies declared the election integrity issues to be over, while some prominent Republicans called on Arizona to decertify its results.

“There were significant and widespread irregularities and lawlessness in thousands of ballots, sufficient to overcome the margin of difference between Trump and Biden,” said Jenna Ellis, a key lawyer for Trump and chairwoman of the Election Integrity Alliance, which is aiding states in reviewing election issues.

“The 2020 election was irredeemably compromised, and Arizona’s legislature must do now what they failed to do in November — use their plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution and reclaim their delegates by decertifying the results, acknowledging that the certifications were based on incorrect accounting,” Ellis told Just the News. “We are in a constitutional crisis that demands accountability for the American People and election justice.”

Democrats had their own reasons to cheer: in particular the conclusion of a hand count of 2.1 million ballots.

The audit concluded that “there were no substantial differences between the hand count of the ballots provided and the official canvass results for the County,” meaning the count last November that declared Biden a winner was accurate. In fact, Biden picked up a small number of voters in the audit.

“This is the most important finding in the audit because the paper ballots are the best evidence of voter intent, and there is no reliable evidence that the paper ballots were altered to any material degree,” the report said.

But the auditors cautioned that finding did not allay concerns, citing a total of more than 50,000 ballots that appeared to pose significant questions. It recommended that Brnovich conduct a canvass of the voters in question and other investigative tactics to make “any conclusive determination.”

Nearly half of the votes flagged as suspicious — 23,344 — fell into a category called “ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election.” They included 15,035 who moved within the county before the registration deadline, 6,591 who moved to another state before the registration deadline and 1,718 who moved to a different county before the registration deadline.

“Mail in ballots were cast under voter registration IDs for people that may not have received their ballots by mail because they had moved, and no one with the same last name remained at the address,” the report said.

The report noted the impacted ballots may have benefited Biden: 39.5% were from registered Democrats, 33% were Republicans, 26.5% were independents, and 1% came from Libertarians.

The review also flagged a large number of voters who potentially voted in Maricopa and at least one other county in the state. It said 5,295 voters cast ballots in Maricopa and at least one other county using “the same first, middle, last name and birth year.”

The final review also flagged a large anomaly in which there were 9,041 more ballots shown as returned in the official early voting file from individuals than were shown in the records of ballots that were mailed out. “In most of these instances an individual was sent one ballot but had two ballots received on different dates,” the auditors noted, saying possible explanations ranged from data entry errors to fraud.

During testimony, the CyberNinja consultants who conducted the audit also raised serious questions about the possible deletion of data from Maricopa County’s election computers.

Cybersecurity professional Ben Cotton said an anonymous user accessed the internet on one of the county’s computers that holds election data. Around the exact same time, files were purged from the system without any notice from the county.

“Obviously this requires an explanation,” Cotton said during his testimony. He went on to outline how this lack of data impacted the audit, as well as the county’s refusal to assist the investigators. 

“This may be a part of a normal process with how they handle votes, but the timing of this is suspect,” he continued.

When explaining what happened to the election data, he said, “We simply don’t know.”

The Cyber Ninja report did not specifically point to any evidence of widespread voter fraud. Still, it did make a list of recommendations including legislation that does not allow an election to be certified until the official canvas and final vote is fully reconciled.

Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate president who led the audit, said she believes it has turned up evidence of state laws being broken, an issue now left for Brnovich to resolve.

Even in the hours before the results were released, reactions to the leaked findings were aligned with political agendas. Democrats insisted the audit should put an end to claims of a stolen election and even made plans to summon the auditors before Congress.

Trump and his supporters cried foul, accusing the news media of ignoring legitimate questions about the ballots flagged as suspect.

“The Fake News is lying about the Arizona audit report!” the former president said. “The leaked report conclusively shows there were enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes, and fake votes to change the outcome of the election 4 or 5 times over.”

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President Trump Releases Statement: New “Damning” Information From Public Records About “Votes in Arizona”

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President Trump has announced there is new “damning” information in the Arizona 2020 voter fraud investigation. Public documents are showing issues with write-in votes, as many have already warned. Pelosi’s push for write-in votes during the pandemic allowed Democrats free reign. There are lingering questions in the swing states, including Arizona, about the write-in ballots. The videos below give two examples of problems with the write-in ballots.

“New information found from public records, documents, and votes in Arizona. It is damning and determinative! Will be discussing this today.” – President Donald J. Trump

NEW!

“New information found from public records, documents, and votes in Arizona. It is damning and determinative! Will be discussing this today.” – President Donald J. Trump pic.twitter.com/uW6lqr1EjO

— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 15, 2021

INFORMATION FROM LIZ HARRINGTON ON PIMA COUNTY MAIL-IN BALLOTS:

The Pima County Fish Tail

President Trump outperformed Republicans 3% on mail-in ballots

Biden underperformed Democrats 3% on mail-in ballots

BUT when mail-in ballots started flooding in at over 92%, 20% HIGHER than average, suddenly Biden starts outperforming Trump

RIGGED! pic.twitter.com/9Q3bcaO5M3

— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 15, 2021

MAIL-IN BALLOT RETURNS:

MORE:

Pima County, AZ had mail-in ballot return rates of OVER 100%!

40 precincts had mail-in ballot returns OVER 97% — totally impossible

Of course this is where Biden “outperformed.” When the rates are normal, Trump beats GOP rates by 3%, Biden trails Dem rates by 3% pic.twitter.com/fSbhzNwCFB

— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 15, 2021

BREAKING: 138 Legislators from 38 States Write a Letter to the American People Calling for a 50-State Audit, Decertification Where Appropriate, and Possible Convening of the US House of Representatives

BREAKING: 138 Legislators from 38 States Write a Letter to the American People Calling for a 50-State Audit, Decertification Where Appropriate, and Possible Convening of the US House of Representatives pic.twitter.com/ksv1OiEW9C

— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) October 15, 2021

56% of Americans say the election was fraudulent. Watch for that number to go higher.

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Ariz. audit nearing completion despite setbacks

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The Arizona audit is starting to come to a close, even after many of the auditors caught cases of COVID. One America’s Christina Bobb has more.

While we appreciate the scope and complexity of the effort, we can’t wait much longer. The fake administration will leave the country in tatters by Christmas and this massive fraud needs to be exposed yesterday;

This is good, but the Biden Administration has already committed treason and Fauci has already lied to Congress….yet nothing is being done. We demand action!: Followers’ Comment.

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Officials In Arizona Demand Election Be Decertified

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The Arizona audit of the 2020 election is getting to the nitty, gritty part and now one Republican is calling for the state’s election results to be decertified.

Liz Harris, a Republican candidate for Arizona representative was on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast and talking about the results she says have been found in the Maricopa County audit.

Harris said that that 96,389 votes came from addresses where the voter could not have possibly cast the ballot.

It is important for us to note that the evidence of these claims has not been produced or verified but it got the attention of Arizona Republican Candidate for Secretary of State Mark Finchem.

“WE MUST AUDIT AND CANVASS EVERYWHERE. This fraud has been going on a lot longer than 2020,” he said on Wednesday.

WE MUST AUDIT AND CANVASS EVERYWHERE. This fraud has been going on a lot longer than 2020.

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

“I am calling it. Between the preliminary audit results and the private canvass, I call on Arizona to decertify the election of 2020 and recall the electors. There is already enough evidence to show clear and convincing fraud. We have a duty to act,” he said.

I am calling it. Between the preliminary audit results and the private canvass, I call on Arizona to decertify the election of 2020 and recall the electors. There is already enough evidence to show clear and convincing fraud. We have a duty to act.

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

“Not only do we need a forensic audit of every county in Arizona, we need an official canvass of the election and of the voter rolls in every county in Arizona. If the DOJ wants to obstruct, they can pound sand,” the candidate said.

Not only do we need a forensic audit of every county in Arizona, we need an official canvass of the election and of the voter rolls in every county in Arizona. If the DOJ wants to obstruct, they can pound sand.

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

“Ghost votes, fantom votes 96,00+ from “mail-in” votes extrapolated from Maricopa #’s. 1 Voter reports got a mail-in ballot every elec since ’12. Ballots returned but counted? How did that get into the system? Data shows while she kept the ballot, it was counted. Where is DOJ?” he said.

Ghost votes, fantom votes 96,00+ from “mail-in” votes extrapolated from Maricopa #’s. 1 Voter reports got a mail-in ballot every elec since ’12. Ballots returned but counted? How did that get into the system? Data shows while she kept the ballot, it was counted. Where is DOJ?

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

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“YOU WERE RIGHT! @RudyGiuliani @JennaEllisEsq So glad we gave you the chance to reveal the corruption on Nov 30, ’20 in PHX. We must send a signal to the People of Arizona that we have the courage to decertify an election that is rife with fraud and reclaim the 2020 Electors,” he said.

State Sen. Wendy Rogers made a similar statement on Twitter.

“We need FORENSIC AUDITS, CANVASSES, ARRESTS, and LEGISLATION. Gotta have all four to preserve our elections or we don’t have a country,” she said.

We need FORENSIC AUDITS, CANVASSES, ARRESTS, and LEGISLATION. Gotta have all four to preserve our elections or we don’t have a country.

— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) September 8, 2021

This news comes weeks after the audit review was delayed.

The release of the final report on the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, was delayed again after three members of the team tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement announcing the news, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said she expects the full report to be complete by next Monday.

“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. The Senate legal team will meet Wednesday to start reviewing the draft report,” Fann wrote in her statement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement from Senate President @FannKfann #AZSenate #Audit pic.twitter.com/H7xDHdRiK3

— AZSenateRepublicans (@AZSenateGOP) August 23, 2021

Before that,  Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward gave an update last week on the election audit in Maricopa County.

“We are being told by the audit team that their report is going to be delivered to the Arizona State Senate, early next week. The State Senate is going to review the results for clarity, and for accuracy, and then they’re going to release the final report to the public. Now, like all of you, I am anxiously awaiting that final report,” she said.

“Now, opponents of the audit are apparently anxious about that report too. They can’t wait. In the last 24 hours Democrat Secretary of State, radical, leftist, progressive, Trump supporter hating Katie Hobbs released what she named a “report on the partisan review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County”, the media, they dubbed it a prebuttal. In other words, she’s making up stories to misinform and mislead the public, as usual. The ridiculous, ridiculous Maricopa County Recorder, who’s been vocal in his disdain for the audit, put out an open letter to Maricopa County, hilariously pious. Remember, he doesn’t want attention. He wants the office to be boring again, but he did have time to put on makeup and head over to CNN and MSNBC, to avoid any attention. Of course, these fantasies were sent out to their liberal allies in the media and rolled out at the press conference by a supposedly nonpartisan group. I’m sure no sane person read Richard’s 38 Page manifesto and even fewer watched their performance,” Ward said.

“Am I in a time warp here? These opponents are responding to the audit before the report is even been given to the State Senate. Do they have a crystal ball? Can they see into the future? I don’t think so. But what they do have is smoke and mirrors. Hobbs tried to criticize the audit for not having adequate security procedures, but many, many observers praise the audit for how secure it was. It was much greater security than ever existed at the Maricopa County tabulation center. Of course, Hobbs fails to comment on the breach of the Maricopa County election system that occurred shortly before the election. Hey Katie, omissions are also lies,” the chairwoman said.

“The Maricopa county recorders, open letter. Oh, it is as sad, a communication as I’ve ever seen, that has come from an elected official. It’s filled with numerous woe is me anecdotes, and undeserved, unfounded, and even egregious attacks on audit contractors. ironically, there is a section titled, “I was never anti audit.” OMG, he’s a comedian. Actions speak louder than words Stevie. This county recorder has tried to hinder the audit at every step of the way. It’s embarrassing he’s a Republican. Responding ahead of time to a report that has yet to be filed is not responsible governing. These two sets of documents were very, very long, lengthy and they were released at the same time. This is not a response to the audit. It is a naked attempt to control the narrative,” she said.

The audit report is being delivered to the State Senate early next week, & as we await the results, audit opponents are already jumping at the chance to control the narrative. Do not fall for this spin. Tune back in next week as we share the results. #AmericasAudit #ArizonaAudit pic.twitter.com/V3xCPbCbFb

— Republican Party of Arizona (@AZGOP) August 21, 2021

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