Cindy McCain: Arizona election audit is ‘ludicrous’

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By Chelsey Cox | USA TODAY

Cindy McCain, widow of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, called an audit of 2020 general election ballots in Arizona “ludicrous” on Sunday.

McCain was responding to Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” who asked if the Arizona Republican Party is undermining democracy by recounting nearly 2.1 million presidential race and U.S. Senate race ballots in Maricopa County.

“The whole thing is ludicrous, quite frankly, it’s ludicrous,” McCain replied. “This also comes from a state party in Arizona that refused to be audited themselves on votes that were cast within their own party communications.”

In March, Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, was sued by Republican activists for refusing to allow an audit of results and procedures challenging her win in January.

Ward has promoted the Maricopa County audit launched last week as a way to promote election integrity. The process is being overseen by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based technology company, and cost taxpayers $150,000. Unknown donors are also helping fund the effort.

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