Two of Arizona’s top election officials launches attacks on the state’s Republican-led election audit. Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, who is a Republican, released statements slamming a final report from Cyber Ninjas which is expected to be released early this week.
The Hill reports:
“Despite frequent references to this review as an audit, the exercise undertaken by the Arizona Senate’s Florida-based contractor, Cyber Ninjas, fails to meet industry standards for any credible audit, much less for an election audit,” Hobbs’s office wrote. “The Senate’s contractors demonstrated a lack of understanding of election processes and procedures both at a state and county level.”
Hobbs detailed alleged flaws in security and transparency, as well as basic tabulation and procedural errors that are likely to lead to a miscount. The outcomes Cyber Ninjas will report, Hobbs’s office said, “are unreliable.”
Richer, the Maricopa County recorder who beat an incumbent Democrat in the same election the state Senate is disputing, framed his objections as an open letter to fellow Republicans.
“Nobody stole Maricopa County’s elections. Elections in Maricopa County aren’t rigged,” Richer wrote, citing statements from Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), former Attorney General William Barr and several attorneys representing former President Trump.