According to Fann, the number of general election ballots tallied during the audit doesn’t match the total documented by Maricopa County.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann says the number of 2020 general election ballots tallied during the audit DOES NOT MATCH the total reported by Maricopa County officials.
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She did not provide any details about how far off the counts were, but did note that roughly 2.1 million ballots are now being recounted by “independent machines.”
“They haven’t released a number yet, if you will, however we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point,” Fann said in an interview with The Mike Broomhead Show.
“The vendor is finishing up what we call the aggregation: double-checking the spreadsheets against the blue tally sheets, against the scans they did on the ballots,” she continued. “Because before we turn those ballots back to Maricopa County, they want to make sure that every one of those check-and-balances match before they start doing the analysis of all the data they received. That’s when we said let’s get a couple of our own independent machines in, not Dominion’s, separate ones, and do our own independent — and all we’re doing is just counting the number of ballots. It’s a paper-counting machine is all it does.”
“That will help us give like a third check-and-balance to see if those numbers are closer to the vendors’ numbers or Maricopa County’s or they all three could be right on target,” Fann added.
The new tally using “independent machines” will continue into next week, according to State Senate spokesman Randy Pullen.
Officials have announced that the final audit report is expected to be released in late July or early August.