2020 ballots have reportedly been relocated in semi-trucks as the Arizona election audit pauses over space availability. The ballots will be kept in their short-term dwelling till May 23, when they are going to be moved again to the Coliseum.
On Thursday night, a three-week ballot review led by the GOP-controlled Arizona Senate came to a temporary halt. The lease for the Senate and its tech consultants, Cyber Ninjas, was up at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, where openly partisan volunteers and hourly workers had been conducting the ballot count. Despite public pledges that this third ballot review would be finished by May 14, Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett told CNN they had gotten through only about 500,000 ballots before being forced to give up their space. The lease could not be extended because the Coliseum is hosting more than a dozen high school graduations in the coming week, raising possible security concerns about the ballots, which are now being relocated.
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Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett advised CNN the depend will restart on May 24, with the aim of ending “within 14-16 days.” The first semi truck full of 2020 election ballots rolled slowly through the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Friday, past the “Crazy Times Carnival” set up in the south parking lot to a warehouse where the approximately 2.1 million ballots cast by Maricopa County voters will be stored for the next week. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” stated election expert Ryan Macias of the poll assessment being led by Cyber Ninjas, employed by the state Senate. “They do not have auditing experience. They do not have election technology experience. The more that this (the ballots) moves in and out, the more likely the chain of custody will be broken and the less likely that the data is reliable.”
In the meantime the Maricopa Arizona Audit claims the Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit on twitter. Elouise Flagg, one of many staff, stated she was impressed to affix the Cyber Ninjas poll as a result of she did not imagine the outcomes of the 2020 election nor the following audits performed by Maricopa County.
ARTICLE: JENNIFER BARRETO-LEYVA
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS