Arizona Senate considers expanding audit of ballots to all races

Ken Bennett, former Arizona secretary of state and current Senate liaison for the Maricopa County election audit, on May 14, 2021, helps package Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election to be moved off-site from the floor of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where they were being examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona Senate. The Senate was forced to pause its recount of the ballots as various high school graduations were slated to begin inside the coliseum.

The Arizona Senate is considering expanding its audit of Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 election to include all contests, not just for president and U.S. Senate.

Audit organizers now say they want to test county voting machines by examining results from all of the races.

“We are looking with other companies to do a machine tabulation of all the races on the ballot to compare with the Dominion tabulation back in November,” said Ken Bennett, who is serving as the Senate’s audit liaison.

“We will be looking at the images of all 2.1 million ballots.”

The examination would not involve a physical recount like the one underway at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Rather, it would be a separate audit using digital images of each ballot, Bennett said.

The effort would, however, require a reexamination of the nearly 500,000 ballots that auditors have gone through since the audit began April 23. 

Source: USA Today – Breaking News

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