Arizona election audit to resume amid internal GOP fighting
A GOP-ordered audit of the 2020 ballots in Arizona’s most populous county is expected to restart this week, even as it fuels a growing fight among Republicans across the state.
Arizona Senate Republicans ordered the audit of approximately 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County, home of Phoenix, which began in April. Democrat Joe Biden won Arizona by just over 10,000 votes out of more than 3.3 million statewide votes, thanks in part to a roughly two percentage point victory at Maricopa.
Critics, including some Arizona Republicans, say the audit was mismanaged and led by an unqualified contractor and could undermine confidence in the voting system by amplifying unproven claims. The dispute is the latest example of divisions within the party over how to reckon with President Biden’s electoral victory.
In a recent letter to Karen Fann, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona Senate, the GOP majority Maricopa County Supervisory Board, and other county officials said the audit was not being carried out. in good faith. “Your ‘audit’, whatever your intentions at the beginning, has become a spectacle that harms us all,” they wrote. “Our state has become a laughing stock. Worse yet, this “audit” encourages our citizens to be wary of elections, which weakens our democratic republic. “
Ms Fann said the audit was not intended to overturn the county’s election results, which were certified for Mr Biden. Instead, she said many voters still have questions about the integrity of the voting system and the audit is supposed to provide answers. She also said the audit will help lawmakers determine if there are reasons to change Arizona electoral procedures to keep the system secure.