According to the Arizona Senate, the ballots in the largest country in the state, Maricopa, will be once again counted. FOR THE THIRD TIME!
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Does the Senate not believe the counting team they personally hired to count more or less, 2.1 million ballots? Now, with their latest decision, they are going to do their own recount, simply to compare the number with those previously counted.
According to the report published by the Epoch Times,
“Maricopa County says there are 2,089,563 ballots. We did the hand count, and they’re finalizing that number, but we just wanted a third number to tie everything together, make sure we have more—the more data points, the better,” former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the Senate’s audit liaison, told The Epoch Times.
The new count will focus on the number of ballots and will not count the actual votes, unlike the first two tabulations.
The Senate will use two counting machines that it purchased to complete the count, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, told the Arizona Republic.
”We’re going to run all the ballots through to see how they match up,” she said. “If there ends up being a difference, we’d have another count.”
The machines arrived on Friday. They appeared to be from U.S. Paper Counters. The machines are said to be able to count up to 2,000 sheets per minute.
The count will go quickly, likely wrapping up in under a week, audit officials say.
Audit teams, led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, began counting ballots and doing other work in April. They finished recounting and examining the ballots at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in late June.
The state Senate is paying $150,000 for the audit, which likely costs much more. A nonprofit and the Republic have asked courts to compel the body to make public records detailing outside parties helping shoulder the cost.
County officials oppose the audit. The county Board of Supervisors called for it to end in May. County officials announced recently that they would replace all of the election machines because of concerns about the equipment being probed by auditors.”
Though it was expected for the project to end in 35 days, starting from March, the final results were delayed.
“Teams have other duties besides the third ballot count. They’re working on a process to check signatures from mail-in ballot envelopes using images from the county. Auditors are “double- and triple-checking everything,” Pullen said.
The final report is still expected in August.