The Arizona Senate is holding a public briefing with leaders of the ongoing election audit authorized by Senate President Karen Fann.
It’s an update and briefing not the appropriate time for any testifying https://t.co/B88ITYCIrT
— Karen Fann (@FannKfann) July 15, 2021
Fann is joined by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Peterson, along with Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett and the leaders of two of the vendors hired to conduct the audit, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and CyFIR founder Ben Cotton, according to KTAR.
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Cyber Ninjas was hired as lead contractor for the audit, which started April 23 after the Senate won a legal battle with Maricopa County for access to election equipment and approximately 2.1 million ballots from the November 2020 general election in metro Phoenix.
Fann told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Tuesday that the number ballots tallied during the audit didn’t match the total documented by Maricopa County, but she didn’t know how far off the counts were.
Most audit operations have wrapped up, but counting machines are being used to recheck of the total number of ballots, a process that was expected to continue into next week.
Audit officials have said a final report was expected to be released in late July or August.
The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee sent Logan a letter Wednesday requesting documentation about Cyber Ninjas’ role in the audit, funding and possible connections to former President Donald Trump or his surrogates.
Cyber Ninjas had no previous experience conducting election audits. Fann’s selection of the Florida-based firm’s $150,000 bid quickly drew scrutiny over Logan’s deleted Twitter account, which had activity supporting unfounded election conspiracy theories.
The low bid doesn’t cover the cost of the operation, expected to be in the millions, and fundraising has been taking place in the name of the audit.
Fann has said the aim of the process is to restore faith in the election system and find ways to improve Arizona’s voting laws, not to reverse the result of the election.
However, many Trump supporters see it as a step toward invalidating President Joe Biden’s victory and returning Trump to office.