PHOENIX — A month-long hand count in Arizona’s largest county has once again confirmed that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election and asked former President Donald Trump, according to early versions of a report prepared for the Arizona Senate. The race was not “stolen”.
A three-volume report by Cyber Ninja, the Senate prime contractor examining Maricopa County’s 2020 vote, includes results that show Trump losing by a wider margin than the county’s official election results. The data in the report also confirms that US Sen. Mark Kelly won in the county.
The official results are to be presented in the state Senate at 1 p.m. Friday. Multiple versions of the draft report, titled “Maricopa County Forensic Audit” by CyberNinja, aired ahead of time on Wednesday and Thursday. Several versions were obtained by republic of arizona, part of the USA Today Network.
Cyber Ninjas and their subcontractors were paid millions to research and write reports by nonprofits founded by prominent figures in the “Stop the Steel” movement and allies of Donald Trump, but Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas Said it would not affect his work.
The draft report, reviewed by The Republic, reduces the number of ballots and election results and instead focuses on issues that raise questions about the election process and voter integrity.
Election analysts say these findings are misleading and based on faulty data.
The draft report shows that there was less than a 1,000 vote difference between the county’s certified ballot count and Cyber Ninja’s hand count.
A hand count shows Trump received 45,469 fewer votes than Biden. County results showed that he lost to 45,109.
The draft audit report says, however, that the election results are inconclusive.
Maricopa County Board Chairman Jack Sellers said the overall results in the draft report confirm that “the tabular tool counts ballots exactly as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of voters.”
“That must be the end of the story,” he said. “Everything else is just noise.”
The draft report comes in three parts adding up to about 110 pages. This includes recommended changes to state election law and suggestions for how counties should correct certain election procedures, including how to keep voter information up to date, ballot handling, and voting machine security.
It recommends that certain concerns be investigated by the Arizona Attorney General.
Tom Lidy, a Maricopa County deputy attorney, on Thursday provided The Republic with a copy of a document the county had obtained.
Liddy said he could not verify that the document he had was an official Cyber Ninja document because the county had not received one from the Senate. He declined to say who provided it to the county but said someone left it at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
Benny White, a prominent Pima County election adviser, also provided a line-by-line analysis of a draft report he received. It had nothing to do with the district.
The document provided for the county match with White’s copy contains the results of the President and the US Senate. He didn’t provide The Republic with the copy he had, but he verbally confirmed the results were the same.
The results of the President and the Senate were found in the third section of the draft. The first section, the executive summary, focuses on pointing out the concerns CyberNinja and its subcontractors have with the county election, raising questions about whether the election was fraudulent and raising further doubts on the integrity of the process. Was.
When they lost a court battle and had to submit election materials to the Senate earlier this year, county officials did not participate in the audit and did not answer most questions from Senate contractors about the county’s election processes. The contractors had no prior election experience other than being involved in the “Stop the Steel” movement.
Election advisers across the country warned of doubting the findings before releasing the results because they say the methods were sloppy, unsafe, lacked bipartisan oversight and were unlikely to produce accurate results.
Those who had received copies of the draft report were already dissecting it.
White said the Senate was raising bogus concerns in a way that would divert attention from the fact that the audit found Trump lost the election with numbers closely matching the county.
“I am angry at what the Senate has done, what it is doing here,” he said on Thursday. “They have not included any election officials in this audit. They haven’t involved any county officials.”
White is part of a three-member team called “The Audit Guys” which has analyzed election and voting processes across the country. He said his team is preparing to debunk the report that will demonstrate section by section how Cyber Ninja got it wrong.
“Ninjas don’t understand Arizona’s voting laws,” he said. “They don’t understand the structure of the voting system.”
He called for the draft report’s failure to provide specific details of the count in the report, including information on key voting elements such as boxes, batches and premises that would allow experts to delve into the data.
“We’ve demonstrated in the past that if they submit those calculations, we’re going to destroy those reports,” he said. “They’ve wasted $6-$7 million and months of people’s time on something that isn’t believable.”
One of the most significant problems is the reliance of cyber ninjas on a commercial database to verify voters. White said. He called the methodology sloppy and said experts who do this for a living would be using data directly from the county recorder’s office, not data from a third party.
White Controversy Senate President Karen Fan claims she initiated the audit to improve election integrity. He said the draft report went out of its way to ensure that the findings would raise doubts about the procedure when the calculations did not show fraud.
“It was a conspiracy to keep Donald Trump in power through unconstitutional means,” he said.
Sellers said he suspected supervisors would be “accused once again of not cooperating, failing to fill a hole in the Senate’s chosen contractor’s knowledge.”
“How can we cooperate with the investigation that was led by people who have no idea how an election is run, let alone one in the second largest polling district in the United States?” he said. “The board approved the election plan, we hired and supported our election experts, and they conducted a well-run and accurate election in accordance with Arizona law.”