Arizona Republicans still distraught that voters rejected both Donald Trump and their incumbent U.S. senator are hyper-scrutinizing millions of ballots, looking for anything other than the candidates themselves to account for their top-of-the-ticket defeats.
Six months after a presidential election that saw Joe Biden become the first Democrat in a quarter century to capture Arizona, an unconventional audit and recount of 2.1 million ballots continues in the state’s most populous county, funded by taxpayers and undisclosed amounts of private money and ordered by Republican lawmakers giving credence to Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
GOP leaders are promising that the audit, which can’t legally overturn the results, will help restore confidence in an election system that already included multiple accuracy checks and certification by the secretary of state.
“The sole thing is to get answers so that if we have any problems, we can fix them and we make sure that the next election is safer, cleaner, and run smoothly,” Senate President Karen Fann (R) told KTAR News.
But Richard L. Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law who specializes in election law, said: “This particular audit is another way to show fealty to Donald Trump.”
Fann said the audit is addressing concerns of people who don’t believe the 2020 election was fair, but Hasen called it “more of a performance than any attempt at determining the truth.”