Auditors in Arizona expect to soon complete their retelling of the nearly 2.1 million ballot papers in Maricopa County during the 2020 presidential election.
“I think the count will be done by the end of this week,” former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican, told reporters Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where the audit is taking place.
The audit teams shift resources to the evaluation of the ballot, which “includes anything related to the authenticity of the ballot,” Bennett said.
‘Are there 1.9 million ballots that came in and out by mail? Do the alignment marks on the front and back of the ballot papers match the correct ballot papers? “Is there a depression in the oval where a human handheld device would have filled that oval, as opposed to an inkjet printer or a Xerox machine or whatever you think,” he added.
According to Bennett, who is the Arizona Senate’s link for the audit, it will last most of the rest of the month.
Randy Pullen, a former Arizona Republican Party chairman who also serves as a spokesman for the audit, told reporters earlier Tuesday that 1.6 million of the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa province in the election of last year was counted.
The Senate of the state ordered the audit late last year amid concerns over the integrity of the election. The audit began on April 23. According to the Senate, the Colosseum controlled until June 30 to complete the audit an agreement obtained by The Epoch Times.
In recent days, more and more workers have been hired to help plow the work, and officials have added a third shift that lasts every night from 8pm to 1am.
After the audit work is completed, the auditors, led by Cyber Ninjas, in Florida, will submit a final report to the Senate. The report will be delivered one week after the other phases are completed, according to a working document the firm provided to the Senate.
The audit is largely supported by Republicans, including the Republican Party in Arizona, but has received criticism from Democrats, who earlier this year tried to stop the process in court over security and privacy.
In late April, a judge ruled against the Democratic Party in Arizona, saying they had not provided “substantial evidence of any violations or threats to voters’ privacy.”
Arizona State Secretary Katie Hobbs, a Democratic candidate for governor, said observers she sent to the audit witnessed “problematic practices, changing policies and security threats” that made the audit findings “unreliable” would make. Bennett and other officials involved in the process disputed the claims.