After 2 weeks of counting, election experts warn of harmful effects from Arizona election audit

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic

With two full weeks of counting over and a long way to go before all of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots are examined, it is more unclear than ever when exactly the public might see results.

In the meantime, the work done on behalf of the Arizona Senate contractors has returned Arizona politics to punchline status and captivated many supporters of former President Donald Trump who hope — despite past audits finding nothing to support the idea — that his defeat in Maricopa County will somehow be revealed as a victory that was robbed of him.

Whatever happens, many election experts and administrators beyond Arizona are already confident of one outcome: increased distrust in voting systems everywhere and less confidence in the democratic process.

“Pretty much anything from today forward is just a crapshoot and the only point of it is to undermine confidence in the results. That is the only endgame here,” said Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican who has watched the news out of Maricopa County with concern.

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