Arizona Republican calls for new election after audit flags tens of thousands of ballots

Auditors conducting a forensic election investigation in Arizona unveiled findings on Thursday that prompted calls from at least one Republican lawmaker for a new presidential election.  

At a hearing with state senators, Doug Logan, CEO of Florida-based IT firm Cyber Ninjas, outlined evidence of ballot irregularities in Arizona’s Maricopa County that he said implicates tens of thousands of votes.  

Logan, whose company was hired by the Arizona senate in March to lead the Maricopa County audit, pointed to more than 74,000 mail-in ballots that lack “clear indication” of having been sent out.  

“We have 74,243 mail-in ballots where there is no clear record of them ever being sent,” Logan said. He added that the issue “could be something where documentation wasn’t done right, there was a clerical issue, there’s not proper things there. But I think when we’ve got 74,000, it merits knocking on the door and validating some of this information.”  

He also revealed that around 18,000 people voted in the 2020 election in the county but were taken off of voter rolls “soon after the election.” “There could be a good, logical explanation for that,” said Logan. “But it seems like a large number to me to, after the election, be removed.”

Another 11,326 Maricopa County voters were not registered to vote as of November 7 but appeared to have been added to voter rolls by December, and 3,981 people voted after failing to register by the October 15 deadline, the Cyber Ninjas CEO continued. Arizona certified Joe Biden as the winner of the state last year by around 10,000 votes out of 3.3 million.  

Logan told senators that auditors are seeking additional information from Maricopa County, including router images, ballot envelope images, and hard drives with 2020 election data.  

The preliminary audit findings presented at Thursday’s hearing led Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers to call for Arizona’s “electors to be recalled.” “I have heard enough,” Rogers tweeted

“Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right.” 

President Donald Trump weighed in as well, calling the Senate hearing “devastating news to the Radical Left Democrats and the Biden Administration.” “There was no victory here, or in any other of the Swing States either,” he said in a statement.  

Arizona Senate president Karen Fann had previously revealed on Tuesday that the number of ballots tallied by auditors does not match the official count from Maricopa County.  

“They haven’t released a number yet,” Fann told KTAR News radio host Mike Broomhead. “However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point.” The county’s canvass report from the 2020 election cites 2,089,563 ballots cast, with a margin of victory of roughly 45,000 votes for Joe Biden.  

The state Senate has ordered another count of the Maricopa ballots with “independent machines, not Dominion’s” to compare with the official results and the audit tally, according to Fann. 

The recount will focus on the number of ballots rather than on votes.  

“This is the first time in the history of our nation that anybody has done an audit of this magnitude,” she said. “And so, quite honestly, we are doing a lot of things, triple-checking, just to make sure that this is all correct.” 

An official report from the Arizona audit is expected later this summer. 

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