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Arizona Senate says audit will resume as planned on Monday

May 18, 2021, 3:22 PM

PHOENIX — A day after the Maricopa County of Board of Supervisors called for the audit of 2020 election results to end, the Arizona Senate said it will resume as planned on Monday.

“This is our job, we owe it to our constituents to get their questions answered,” Fann said during a meeting Tuesday. “I have said from the get-go, I’m relatively sure we’re not going to find anything of any magnitude that would imply that any intentional wrongdoing was going.”

Fann was joined by fellow Republican Sen. Warren Petersen, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett, Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan and CyFIR founder Ben Cotton to discuss its controversial Maricopa County election audit.

Absent was the Maricopa County board, which Monday held its own special meeting that blasted the audit and declined an invitation from Fann to attend Tuesday’s meeting.

The board unanimously approved a letter calling for the audit to end in response to allegations in a letter from Fann.

The county was satisfied that its 14-page letter and supporting documentation answered the questions raised by Fann and the auditors.

“Let’s get this thing done, get our questions answered and get it out to the public and let everybody know that our next election will be 100% safe and secure,” Fann said.

The audit is on a pause because of previously scheduled high school graduation ceremonies at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the ballots were being counted and equipment examined.

When the break began Friday, only about 500,000 of the ballots had been hand counted.

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Arizona Senate says audit will resume as planned on Monday