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Many have been arguing for months that the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, could pave the way for many other states to follow.
Maricopa County has completed the hand counting of 2,089,563 ballots.
Now, the remaining paper evaluation process will be finished by next week.
“At our current rate of examining over 100k ballots per day, we will complete the paper examination phase of the audit by Saturday, June 26,” the Maricopa Arizona Audit’s official Twitter account tweeted.
At our current rate of examining over 100k ballots per day, we will complete the paper examination phase of the audit by Saturday, June 26.
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) June 16, 2021
Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward recently provided a major update on the audit and what comes next.
Last week, it was revealed that a whopping nine state delegations will tour the Maricopa County audit facility on Friday.
Ward, who threatened that there “could be arrests of people who are refusing to comply,” says the audit could be completed much sooner than expected.
Below are Ward’s full comments:
Hello everyone. Welcome to America’s audit update from the Republican Party of Arizona. I’m your Chairwoman, Dr. Kelli Ward.
Exciting news today. I want to share with you my firsthand experience touring the site of operations for the full forensic audit of the 2020 election ballots in Maricopa County, as you’ve heard here in prior updates, individuals and elected representatives from many states are touring the audit, and are looking at the possibility of taking Arizona’s lead and auditing their own election results.
My tour, including an in-depth briefing from the auditing team as to their progress to date, and a close-up tour of the facilities, was simply amazing. I can report firsthand that America’s audit is in great shape, and the process is proceeding efficiently and quickly.
Now let’s be clear, this is no ordinary take a ballot and run it through the same machine again audit. what the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors wants to call an audit. This is a comprehensive forensic audit, that’s looking at last November’s election from every conceivable perspective, a full hands on evaluation and handcount, and additional evaluation using the latest technology available.
In fact, it was great to see the impressive, impressive organization of the audit. When I was there, less than three pallets of November ballots remained to be hand counted. The next phase will be to convert many of the hand counting stations to digital imaging stations that conversion process actually has already begun.
They expect that the actual ballot counting will be completed in the very near future, maybe even by June 14th, the President’s birthday.
Although there are many duplicated ballots that have yet to be evaluated, The high tech imaging process is really impressive, and it’s going to take some additional time to do it and to do it right. The imaging looks at the paper being used for the ballots and identifying it.
They also look at the actual alignment of the printing of the ballots from the front to the back to see if there are any discrepancies or errors, and they even go so far as to evaluate the little oval, that’s filled in by voters to see how it was done.
Security is rigorous, it is rigorous, to the extent that the entire time that I, and my husband Mike were in the building, there was always a security person, accompanying us. Outside the Coliseum, The Arizona Rangers are providing around the clock security and limiting access to only those who are approved to enter the facility.
Chain of Custody is a priority. Okay, not like when they were at the Maricopa County tabulation center. Every time a box of ballots is moved, It’s recorded on the Chain of Custody documents, and there is armed security overseeing everything, there all the time.
America’s audit is in great hands. In fact, the audit is everything that the Democrats say it’s not. It’s professional, It’s secure, It’s efficient, it’s state of the art, and it is completely nonpartisan. More importantly, it is 100% transparent.
Thank you for tuning in, and I’m going to see you at our next update.”
Get a behind the scenes update of America's Audit with AZGOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz as she reports on her tour of the audit facilities: The counting continues and imaging evaluations begin. #AmericasAudit WE WILL #FinishTheAudit pic.twitter.com/S2vx3VWdXJ
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) June 11, 2021