Biden’s 2020 election lead margin in the presidential poll has increased in Arizona. A biased, Republican-led review of Arizona’s 2020 election results found no proof of widespread fraud, a stunning setback to Donald Trump and other conspiracy theorists who lauded the move.
The inquiry, which lasted several months, confirmed that Joe Biden defeated Trump in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county, Doug Logan, the review’s leader, told the Arizona Senate on Friday. Indeed, a manual recount revealed that Biden received 99 more votes while Trump received 261 fewer votes.
Logan, the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based firm leading the review, told the Arizona Senate on Friday afternoon that the discrepancies were “minor.”
“The ballots presented to us at the coliseum match quite well with the official canvas numbers that came in,” he explained.
Amidst this finding, Logan, a proponent of election conspiracy theories, cited what he said were counting anomalies. Most of them were quickly dispelled by Maricopa County officials who fact-checked his presentation.
Shiva Ayyadurai, a defeated US Senate candidate who has championed election conspiracy theories, delivered another presentation riddled with inaccuracies about the county’s signature verification procedure.
Biden defeated Trump in Arizona by around 10,000 votes and by approximately 45,000 votes in Maricopa county. Biden won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes en route to garnering more national votes than any previous presidential candidate.
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A manual count of the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa county revealed that Biden received 360 more votes than Trump.
Trump has consistently erroneously claimed that he won the election and was the victim of election fraud, despite overwhelming facts to the contrary. Republicans in Arizona’s senate latched on these fabrications to charge an audit of the vote in Maricopa county.
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The audit, dubbed Maricopa County Forensic Audit, was generated by Cyber Ninjas, an outfit with no experience doing election audits.
The review was the most comprehensive partisan undertaking to date to cast doubt on the 2020 election results, and Trump and his allies have highly lauded it. They erroneously believe the election has been stolen.
While the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate mandated the review, it was funded by $5.7 million in outside funding, the majority of which came from conspiracy theorists, including $3.2 million from Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock.com, and an added $1 million from a nonprofit founded by Michael Flynn.
Election experts have mostly blasted the review, alleging that it was based on sloppy practices and a predetermined effort to establish fraud. On Thursday, Ben Ginsberg, a long-serving Republican election lawyer, told reporters that Trump’s associates were “desperate for a win.”
They had unprecedented access to the inner workings of an election in Maricopa county, he added. If they were unable to establish fraud there, they were unlikely to prove it elsewhere.
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Republicans intend to undertake comparable reviews. Republicans in the Wisconsin and Pennsylvania legislatures are conducting parallel inquiries into the 2020 presidential election.
And on Thursday, Trump asked for a review into the 2020 race in Texas, a state he won by nearly six points in 2020. Texas officials announced on Thursday that they would initiate such a review in four of the state’s largest counties — three of which voted for Biden last autumn.
Experts are concerned that the reviews signal a new normal in which election losers refuse to accept the results.
“This shows the tabulation technology correctly counted the ballots, and the results accurately reflect the will of the voters,” said Republican board chair Jack Sellers. “That should wrap the story. Everything else is mere background noise.”
Maricopa County hired two companies to audit its election hardware and software early this year, with both firms concluding that the systems under review were in good working order. This was unacceptable to the Republican-controlled state senate, which engaged Cyber Ninjas for the contentious review. Experts say it lacks the safeguards of a standard audit and should not be branded as one.
The recounting process was marred by complaints of ballot mishandling and cybersecurity issues, with employees at one point adopting UV lights to check for bamboo fibers in ballots, an aspect of a conspiracy theory that China had somehow planted votes in Arizona.