Senate President Fann says stuff sand to recount challenge from vote auditing experts

By Ryan Randazzo, Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

Arizona Senate Republicans overseeing a review of the 2020 election are ignoring a challenge from election experts who say they can prove the vote was not compromised. 

Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, has refused to respond to Pima County Republican Benny White and former executives from Boston-based Clear Ballot Group, an election-auditing company, after they issued the challenge Tuesday.

The experts say they have counted the ballots from the election using publicly available data from batches of ballots as they were tabulated in November. They concluded that Biden won due in large part to voters who supported Republican candidates in several races but didn’t give their presidential vote to Trump.

Their offer could provide a fast comparison on a portion of the ballot review that has come under heavy criticism from election-administration officials in Arizona and across the country. The Senate liaison for the effort has said he doesn’t see what it would accomplish, however.

The Senate’s ongoing review is managed by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, a company whose CEO has pushed former President Donald Trump’s false narrative of a stolen election and lending a partisan hue to the effort before it began.  


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June 2021