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AZ Audit’s 3rd Paper Recount Complete, Ballots Sent Back to Maricopa County

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The election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, has hit another milestone.

The Arizona state Senate Audit team completed the third paper recount and the ballots will be sent back to Maricopa County.

Soon after the completion of the third phase, the ballets were loaded into trucks and hauled back to the custody of Maricopa County.

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The team is now working on the next phase, which entails compiling a final report on the overall audit in Maricopa County regarding the 2020 election.

The final report is expected to be released sometime in August.

The entire process has taken many turns in recent months.

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Earlier this week, the GOP-led Arizona Senate served a new subpoena to Maricopa County officials seeking routers for its audit of the 2020 presidential election.

The enforcement of the subpoena of election materials from Maricopa County depends upon achieving a majority vote in the chamber.

But Arizona GOP State Sen. Kelly Townsend says it’s “unlikely” due to a reported GOP holdout.

Townsend says the enforcement of the subpoena depends upon a unified Republican vote in the chamber, which she claimed is currently just out of reach.

“The only way we are allowed to enforce the subpoena is to be in session and take a vote as the entire Senate body who holds the Board of Supervisors in contempt, and we need a majority of 16 to pass,” Townsend said.

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She added: “We only have 15 votes, so it’s unlikely we will be able to enforce this subpoena, either.”

“The dissenting vote is Sen. Paul Boyer,” she added.

GOP State Sen. Paul Boyer is the lone Republican hold out.

Without his vote, the lower chamber can’t vote in favor of serving the subpoena to Maricopa County officials seeking routers for its audit of the 2020 presidential election.

Boyer has made it quite clear he’s a Never-Trumper.

In an interview with The Western Journal, Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann revealed that the audit of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County has uncovered a slew of questionable practices that cannot go unchecked.

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One of the most shocking revelations came when Fann revealed that ballots had been shoved into boxes and presented to the auditors.

“The ballots, when they showed up, literally, they are in boxes that are literally just stuffed in there,” Fann said. “They’re supposed to be organized. There’s supposed to be these pink sheets between that says there are certain numbers there, a certain number of ballots there. There weren’t.”

“So the auditor, literally, in trying to preserve everything the exact way it is, had to, like, very carefully take [the ballots] out to do what we needed to make sure we put them back exactly as we found them, even though it was a mess,” Fann added.

“They withheld the blue tally sheets,” she said. “We have not gotten the chain of custody [documentation for ballots]. We have not gotten the routers, the passcodes, the fobs.”

Fann also revealed that Maricopa County officials have not even been able to access certain necessary information.

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