Phoenix, Ariz. – Finally, the paper ballot analysis phase of the Arizona election audit is set to be complete by June 26 after the state GOP controversially pushed forward with Maricopa County’s forensic audit.
“At our current rate of examining over 100k ballots per day, we will complete the paper examination phase of the audit by Saturday, June 26,” said the Maricopa Arizona Audit’s official Twitter page last Wednesday.
Ken Bennett, who is the Arizona Senate liaison and Republican former Secretary of State, on Friday detailed the “paper evaluations,” process to help Arizonans understand the methods the audit is using to identify irregularities in the voting process.
Bennett revealed one of the potential signs of voter fraud auditors are looking out for include irregular folds in paper ballots. They are also reviewing ballot signatures to ensure they match with those of the voters that cast the ballots, as well as other significant discrepancies between in-person and mail-in ballots.
This final review will likely take up “some or most of July,” Bennett predicted. “And then the auditors are going to need a few to several weeks to put the report together.”
The final “very in-depth,” report can be expected by August, Bennett added.
What was originally expected to take a few weeks has taken approximately two months amid attempts from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the left to discredit the election audit of 2.1 million ballots. Nevertheless, the Arizona GOP is relentlessly pursuing the truth about what happened in the 2020 election.
State Senate President Karen Fann has indicated repeatedly that the audit is not being done in hopes of overturning the 2020 election results, but instead its goal is to address irregularities to ensure they do not occur in future elections. Fann said their hope is the audit provides Arizonans with answers and improve transparency.
As a result of Arizona Republicans’ persistency on this matter, lawmakers from states including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, Virginia, and Alaska, are now considering auditing their own election results. If this trend materializes into action, it could be a step in the right direction toward ensuring future free and fair elections for all.