‘Our numbers are screwy’: Cyber Ninjas CEO admits he couldn’t tally hand count of ballots


Robert Anglen

Arizona Republic 

The most pivotal moment in Arizona’s high-profile election “audit” played out in near secrecy.

Cyber Ninjas, the technology firm hired by Senate Republicans to probe 2020 election results, had just completed a hand recount of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County. But company CEO Doug Logan was starting to panic — because he had no way to tally up the results.

With a deadline looming to produce a report for the Senate, he desperately sought to find a system to read the tens of thousands of tally sheets volunteers had used to record actual votes for then-President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden.

Logan privately admitted in a series of text messages during the summer of 2021 that he could not make sense of

the data, The Arizona Republic found.

“How plausible is this solution looking? I looped back to look through all of the aggregation data again. It (is) pretty broken. A lot of it doesn’t make any sense,” Logan wrote in a July 5, 2021, text.

Logan enlisted help from a technology expert. He told him figuring out a way to quantify tally sheets was a priority. But two months and more than 300 messages later, they didn’t have a solution.


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June 2023