**UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a dispute from Maricopa County which refuted many of the claims made by auditors at the hearing which were initially reported in this article. **
There’s growing anxiety on the left as outside contractors with Cyber Ninjas, who are conducting the Arizona Senate audit of the 2020 election, are finding inconsistencies in results compared to what was reported by Maricopa County.
Keep in mind, President Joe Biden won Arizona by only 10,457 votes.
At a hearing Thursday to discuss the preliminary results of the first phase of the audit in Maricopa County, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan said that there were 74,243 mail-in ballots received “where there is no clear record of them being sent” to voters, according to Tucson.com. By the end of the following day, Maricopa County had issued a lengthy dispute of the claims, saying they “were not based in fact.”
Logan had said they found 11,326 individuals who did not show up on the voter rolls which were prepared the day after the election but who did show up on a Dec. 4 list as not only being registered but also having voted, the newspaper reported.
And the “inconsistencies” didn’t stop there, as Logan also said there were nearly 4,000 people listed as registering to vote after the cutoff on Oct. 15.
Former President Donald Trump’s new spokeswoman, former Republican National Committee spokeswoman Liz Harrington, shared video from the hearing capturing Logans remarks. She also shared some of the other findings.
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 15, 2021
“We have 74,243 mail-in ballots where there is no clear record of them being sent,” Logan said. “Just to be clear, here in the state of Arizona, there are EV 32s and EV 33s. EV 32s are supposed to keep a record of when a mail-in ballot is sent, and EV 33s are supposed to be a record of when the mail-in ballot is received.”
“There should be more EV 32s,” he continued, “more that were sent out, than EV 33s that were received. We can tie these specifically to an individual who it was mailed to. So we have 74,000 that came back from individuals where we don’t have a clear indication that the ballot was ever sent out to them.”
The CEO further explained that the standard of verification for signatures on mail-in ballots dropped down to zero during the counting process.
“We’ve had an affidavit that specifically stated that when mail-in ballots were received, that so many of them were received that the standard was reduced over time,” he said. “They originally talked about — there was originally 20 points of comparison on the signature and then after some time they were told to go to ten points of comparison, then five. And then eventually they were just told to let every single mail-in ballot through.”
Auditors reportedly encountered a lot of ballots where the markings bled through to the other side.
Logan explained that Maricopa County said before the election that it would be using special “VoteSecure” paper that did not allow ink to bleed through, yet they found thousands of ballots that did not use VoteSecure paper.
“We’re seeing a lot of very thin paper stock being utilized especially on Election Day,” he testified.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors had authorized two previous audits which found no problems. The independent contractors in those audits were certified by the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, according to reports.
Late Friday, Maricopa County posted a lengthy series of tweets, fact-checking the claims which they said Cyber Ninjas got “completely wrong.”
So the claim is not just wrong but completely wrong. We don’t know where Cyber Ninjas came up with that idea or number. Maricopa County provided additional details in the tweet below. https://t.co/dzEYSdIDwi
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) July 16, 2021
The full hearing can be seen here:
Cyber Ninjas is facing heavy scrutiny from the left, to include much of the media, in part due to no previous experience in election audits.
Trump also released a statement following the briefing and called for the decertification of the vote.
“Arizona Senate hearings on the Maricopa County Election Audit is devastating news to the Radical Left Democrats and the Biden Administration. While this, according to the Senate, is preliminary, with results being announced at a later date, it seems that 74,243 Mail-In Ballots were counted with ‘no clear record of them being sent,'” the former president noted in the release.
“There were 18,000 voters who were scrubbed from the voter rolls AFTER the election,” the release added. “They also revealed that the voting system was breached or hacked (by who?). Very big printer and ballot problems with different paper used, etc., and MUCH MORE.”
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