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Arizona Update: The Battle Over Maricopa Audit Continues

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Despite receiving the green light in February from a ruling by Judge Timothy Thomason to perform a forensic audit on the 2.1 ballots in Maricopa County, the battle over the audit continues. UncoverDC spoke with Mark Finchem (R-11) in March and reported the ongoing stand-off between the Senate and the Board of Supervisors concerning the enforceability of a forensic audit.

There is a “team on the ground” that is ready to go, as explained by Finchem in War Room Pandemic Podcast 853 today, and the Board of Supervisors is still stalling. The Board of Supervisors is 4:1 Republican.

Maricopa Board of Supervisors/Wikipedia Chart

As reported on April 1 by UncoverDC, a set of independent auditors has been chosen. Dominion claimed on March 31 that the audit firms chosen were “beyond biased” because of alleged involvement in conspiracy theories that contend the election was fraudulent. On April 1, the Board of Supervisors called an emergency meeting with its lawyers, and the audit was officially stalled again.

The latest tussle is over the location of the audit. Senate President, Karen Fann, requested that the forensic audit take place at the County facility where the ballots and equipment are currently housed to avoid unnecessary taxpayer expense and chain of custody issues.

Senate President Karen Fann said Friday that Maricopa County officials may be balking at cooperating with an audit of the 2020 election results because they fear what it might turn up. https://t.co/BrR1EDAcYj via @azcapmedia

— AZ Capitol Times (@AzCapitolTimes) April 4, 2021

In a letter dated April 1 to the Senate’s lawyer,

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