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Hickman proud of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ work during election audit

Jan 6, 2022, 2:15 PM
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(Maricopa County Screenshot)
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PHOENIX — With the 2020 election audit likely in its dying stages, Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman has no reservations about how he and the rest of the board handled the review that received national attention.

“We were hired by the Maricopa County citizens to perform a job and that’s what we’ve done,” Hickman told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Thursday.

“Looking back in the rearview mirror, I can sleep every night and know that I’m serving with a bunch of gentlemen that performed admirably.”

Maricopa County presented its rebuttal Wednesday to claims presented Sept. 24 by the Cyber Ninjas, the audit’s lead contractor hired by the GOP-led Arizona Senate, that said over 53,000 ballots were potentially questionable.

The county’s 93-page report detailed just 87 potentially questionable ballots from the set. A total of 40 claims made by the Cyber Ninjas, who had no election experience, were rebuffed by county election officials.

Hickman said the county took over three months to respond to Cyber Ninjas to ensure all their points were airtight.

“The Cyber Ninjas came here and they did not know what they were doing,” Hickman said. “They did not know the elections laws. They did not know the procedures of the county. I was gratified.”

Hickman, who said he received death threats over the audit and was the subject of conspiracy theories, hopes he can look forward to the 2022 midterm elections.

He acknowledged the audit for allowing the county to review its processes for more streamlined elections moving forward.

“The answers were provided and will be provided to the citizens and the voters of Maricopa County,” Hickman said. “I’m really, really proud of it and now I feel like we can move on.”

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Hickman proud of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ work during election audit