The contractors, led by Cyber Ninjas, endorsed President Joe Biden's victory over former President Donald Trump in a review of the approximately 2.1 million ballots cast in the county. However, a letter sent Friday to Arizona's top prosecutor outlines "urgent issues" the auditors discovered that Senate President Karen Fann said, "suggest less-than-perfect adherence to Arizona's standards and best practices."
"We are asking him to open up a formal investigation so that he can pursue and seek additional information, additional facts, perhaps get some of these missing things that we were never able to get, verify all this information, and take the appropriate actions of anything that is necessary to do. I have every confidence that he will be doing that," Fann announced in her letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich at the end of the hearing on Friday.
Two camps voiced different responses to the audit conclusions as they were presented at the State Senate Chamber.
Trump and his allies declared the auditors discovered evidence of massive fraud — enough to overturn the election, in their view — while the county and Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs pushed back on assertions of maleficence.
The big takeaway in the report from the costly audit — which has inspired warning shots from the U.S. Justice Department over concerns regarding voting rights and criticisms by those who announced it was conducted by a biased and badly trained group — was the affirmation of Biden's victory in a recount that found "no substantial differences" with the county's certified totals.r
In fact, Trump had 261 fewer votes than the county's official canvass gave him, while Biden scored 99 more. According to the ultimate report, Biden got 360 votes in the Senate's audit hand count. The canvasses after the November election revealed Biden winning the county by 45,109 votes and the state by 10,457.
"These are all very small discrepancies. So, we can say that the ballots that were provided to us to count in the coliseum very accurately (reflect) the canvass numbers," announced Doug Logan, the chief executive of Cyber Ninjas, the lead contractor over the audit.
But Fann announced that the audit showed the Senate "how we can strengthen our democracy" and highlighted five primary "urgent issues."
She stated that the ballot signature verification process for absentee ballots was imperfect and requires "improvement and additional testing." The Senate president also said voter rolls, which display voter registration information, require "constant, unrelenting maintenance."