Analysis: Arizona Republicans are conducting a baffling and completely secretive recount of the 2020 election
April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Close-up of 2020 mail in general election ballot for Maricopa County, Arizona, photographed in San Ramon, California, October 21, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump has only one thing on his mind of late: The ongoing recount of 2020 presidential ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County.
Maricopa County performed multiple audits of its election as required under state law, including a hand count of a statistically significant number of ballots and two logic and accuracy tests of voting machines.
That wasn't enough for several Arizona Republican senators who had questions about the election results, including Senate President Karen Fann.
All of the county's audits came back clean, showing that votes were counted accurately, but that still wasn't enough for many senators, including Fann.
Senate Republicans first filed subpoenas in December demanding all of the county's 2. 1 million ballots, voting machines and voter information, in order to perform an audit of their own.
Fifield: The county judge granted the Arizona Senate access to the ballots, voting machines and voter data, so this is technically the Senate's audit.
Fifield: Senate President Karen Fann says the goal of the audit is to identify whether fraudulent votes were cast in the election and identify there are any problems with the county's voting process.
If the results are believed to be accurate and fair by Senate Republicans, and the results say that there was fraud or misconduct in the election, the legislature may attempt to dramatically change how voting happens in our state.