Arizona Republican Senate requests formal investigation of 2020 election audit results

The Maricopa County, Arizona election audit might have confirmed that President Joe Biden was the clear winner in the county, but the results also raised a number of questions about the integrity of the election overall.

That’s why, according to the Washington Examiner, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) referred the findings to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and requested a formal investigation, as Fann pointed out a long list of questionable practices that apparently took place during the 2020 election.

What’s going on?

On the heels of auditing firm Cyber Ninjas completing the Maricopa County election audit, which was a monumental task for state Republicans to even get going in the first place, Fann and other state Republicans aren’t happy with some of the findings.

In her letter to AG Brnovich, Fann pointed out a number of “urgent issues” that she — and others in the party — believe need to be addressed ahead of the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“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 wrote.

Fann highlighted five different areas of concern from the results of the audit, including her insistence that the state’s ballot signature verification process needs “improvement and additional testing.”

The county responds

Maricopa County executives, many of whom are Republican but are on opposite sides of the fence with Fann and other Arizona Republican senators, responded to the audit’s findings with fact-checks and direct opposition.

“Maricopa County strongly denies claims that @maricopavote staff intentionally deleted data. As we’ve stated, staff were conducting the March election & compiling info required to comply w/ Senate subpoena. We have backups for all Nov. data & those archives were never subpoenaed,” the county’s Twitter account posted on Friday.

“All necessary actions”

AG Brnovich acknowledged Fann’s letter, saying that he will “take all necessary actions that are supported by the evidence and where I have legal authority.”

“Arizonans deserve to have their votes accurately counted and protected,” Brnovich added.

While it appears that Arizona Senate Republicans accept the fact that Biden scored more votes in the 2020 election and ultimately won, it’s clear that many still believe there are a number of serious issues that need to be immediately addressed before a repeat of the chaos occurs in 2022.

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