June 18th 2021
The audit work in the Arizona Senate's audit of Maricopa County's 2020 Election results is winding down. The audit report is not expected for another eight weeks.
Citizen's Press linked to an article at the Epoch Times about the timeline in the Arizona 2020 Election audit. Here are some highlights from the article:
The final report for the 2020 election audit taking place in Arizona's largest county is not expected to be out until mid-August, an official involved with the work says. Led by Cyber Ninjas, which was hired by the Arizona Senate, auditors are working on evaluating ballots after finishing their ballot recount.
The ballot evaluation is supposed to wrap up by the end of June-the Senate is slated to vacate the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the audit is taking place, by July 1-but there will be a few weeks worth of additional work after that, Ken Bennett, a former Arizona Republican secretary of state, told The Epoch Times.
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"We've got the remainder of June to do what we're doing here at the coliseum. Then there's a few weeks probably of work on checking the envelope signatures, and looking at voter registration anomalies, and this work that we want to do on the retabulation, so maybe that takes up some or most of July, and then the auditors are going to need a few to several weeks to put the report together," said Bennett, the Arizona Senate's liaison for the audit.
Maricopa County is not just Arizona's largest county in population but it is reportedly one of the largest counties in the country. The 2.1 ballots from the 2020 Election in Maricopa County represent around 60% of the state's votes.
The reason the report from the audit might take some eight weeks to complete is that there may be many issues to address. If there was nothing wrong and the results of the audit matched the results reported in the 2020 election then the report could be done in a day, and ba-boom ba-boom, be finished and out the door.
If there are lots of issues, which we expect there will be (i.e. missing ballots, fraudulent ballots, missing chain of custody documentation, etc...) the audit report and any exhibits will take some time to formalize and review. The Arizona auditors may need a lot of time to draft a final report.
It's likely there will be lots of issues identified in the Maricopa County audit report and the audit team will need as much time as possible to complete their final audit. Stay tuned.