Senate eyes Veterans Memorial Coliseum as election audit location

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By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

The Arizona Senate may have found a home for the 2.1 million ballots it plans to recount as part of its audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who is serving as a liaison between Senate President Karen Fann and the vendors she’s selected for the audit, told the Arizona Mirror that the plan isn’t final, but that it’s the top option being considered. He said the Senate is working with Arizona Exposition and State Fair and that they hope to begin work on the audit in a couple weeks.

“I think we’re going to be at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The ballots will be delivered there,” Bennett said.

Bennett said the Senate would be responsible for providing security at the facility, including round-the-clock video surveillance. The stadium opened in 1965 and served as the home of the Phoenix Suns from 1968 until 1992, when the team moved to a more modern facility in downtown Phoenix. It is now primarily used to host concerts as part of the Arizona State Fair, though it has also been the site of political rallies in recent years, including a Donald Trump rally in February 2020.

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