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Liaison rebuffs Hobbs’ concerns over audit process in Maricopa County

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate liaison for the audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election on Friday rebuffed concerns the Arizona Secretary of State has over the process of the hard count of the 2.1 million ballots.

Ken Bennett, in a letter to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, said the Democrat’s concerns “reads like a political press release calculated to undermine a process that you have opposed since its inception.”

“What compelled me to get involved with this audit was my heartfelt conviction that we should do everything we can to help the citizens of our state have complete trust and confidence that our elections are accurate, fair, transparent and publicly verified,” Bennett said.

Hobbs on Wednesday sent a letter to Bennett formally laying out a series of problems with the policies.

Hobbs also told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Monday that procedures are being changed on the spot, causing confusion for some counting the ballots.

The Democrat added that her observers have looked through the procedures, some of which she said have been flagged for their relevance to an election audit.

Bennett addressed Hobbs’ concerns and didn’t believe them to be issues.

“It is also my opinion that the auditor’s procedures are adequately addressing issues regarding aggregation, tally accuracy, chain of custody and all other concerns,” Bennett said.

Cyber Ninjas, the Arizona Senate’s contractor, is in the midst of counting of the 2.1 million ballots from the November election won by President Joe Biden.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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