A draft report of the 2020 election audit for Arizona showed that Biden won Arizona in the election, contrary to what many Republicans have believed for nearly 11 months.
After a five month audit of the 2020 Arizona election, the formerly reported results for the state have been confirmed. On September 23, unofficial audit results were released, showing that there were very small discrepancies in the election results. Even with the discrepancies, the results of the election were no different than previously reported.
Maricopa County has been a red county for the past 72 years (KHOU). Because of this, Republican voters and politicians were mystified as to how Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden in the county. An auditing company was brought in several months ago to figure out if the election results in the county were accurate.
Cyber Ninjas is the company that performed the audit, which has caused some controversy as it is a relatively inexperienced company taking on such a huge case (St. Louis Today). The results were officially certified on September 24 and there was no change in the results.
Millions of people across the U.S. questioned the election results last November after a highly polarized election season. After reporting that Donald Trump had lost, he, his administration, and many of his supporters believed that the election results were fraudulent. There were also some legal battles started to overturn results believed to be false. Nevertheless, President Joe Biden was sworn into office in January, a ceremony Trump was noticeably absent from. After months of debate, the Arizona Republicans started an audit to rule definitively that the election results were correct.
Board chairman Jack Sellers (R) stated that “You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew — the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General — did, in fact, win.” (St. Louis Today)
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