Arizona Senate Audit Liaison Disputes Report Claiming Hundreds of Thousands Ballots Missing

Arizona Senate Audit Liaison Disputes Report Claiming Hundreds of Thousands Ballots Missing
Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are audited at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 29, 2021. (Rob Schumacher/Pool/The Arizona Republic via AP)

Spokespersons for the audit taking place in Arizona’s largest county are pushing back on a report that claimed auditors have discovered hundreds of thousands of ballots missing.

“There’s been no such finding yet,” Ken Bennett, a former Arizona Republican secretary of state, told The Epoch Times.

Asked whether there’s been confirmation so far of any ballots missing, he responded, “no.”

Bennett is the Arizona Senate’s liaison for the audit.

Randy Pullen, former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, who is also serving as a spokesman for the audit, told reporters at the election review in Phoenix that the missing ballot claim is “crazy.”

The report was published by National File and cited Josh Barnett, who is running for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District. Barnett was described as an audit organizer.

“We found a ballot shortage, anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of the votes,” Barnett said. “It looks like a couple hundred thousand ballots are unaccounted for. The ballots are missing.”

Barnett did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Audit teams hired by the Senate have been poring over the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix since late April. They have also been reviewing data from machines used in the election and other election material.

Auditors are down to the last few boxes of ballots, according to Bennett. The boxes primarily contain ballots that have been duplicated, such as when overseas voters email or fax their ballot and the vote is placed onto a regular ballot by poll workers so machines can scan them.

Auditors are verifying that there was one duplicated ballot made for each ballot that was submitted and that the duplicated ballot accurately reflected what was on its duplicate.

Attention is increasingly turning to paper evaluation, which includes looking at which ballots have folds and whether alignment on the front and the back of each ballot is correct.

“By the end of today by the end of today, almost all of our resources will be deployed on paper evaluation,” Bennett said.

That evaluation is expected to take most of the rest of the month. The Arizona Senate has control of the coliseum through June 30.

From The Epoch Times

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