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Arizona audit chief requests more information


Auditors with Cyber Ninjas review Maricopa County, Ariz., ballots. Associated Press/Photo by Matt York (file)

Arizona audit chief requests more information

Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, asked the state Senate to approve door-to-door canvassing and the release of additional records for the auditors to complete tallies of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County, Ariz. In a hearing on Thursday, he said more than 74,000 ballots reviewed by his company had no record of being mailed to voters. Maricopa County officials said Logan based his claim on a report that included both mail-in ballots and early voting and was not intended to track all ballot mailings. The Republican-led Board of Supervisors, which governs Maricopa County, has called Cyber Ninjas incompetent. Logan said the board’s uncooperativeness has made the audit process more difficult.

When will we know what happened? The audit was originally scheduled to last 60 days. It now nears the end of its third month. State Senate President Karen Fann said she would consult with lawyers about Logan’s canvassing request. The Department of Justice sent Fann a letter in May saying door-to-door polling might constitute voter intimidation and target minority communities. Logan said canvassers would confirm voters submitted a ballot but did not say how they would choose which voters to poll.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew about the partisan debates surrounding Arizona’s election audit.

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OldMike

Probably would be best if the use of mail-in ballots is extremely limited. Used to be really strict rules for absentee voting, and those should probably be reinstated. But of course, I’m probably one of those people who are trying to “suppress minority voters!”