Despite cries to the contrary from left-leaning officials, questions still remain in some circles over the results of the 2020 election, including in Arizona, where the heavily populated Maricopa County saw numerous allegations of irregularities. Now, however, it looks like those questions may soon be answered.
According to Just the News, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to authorize a full and complete independent audit of its election equipment.
The idea behind the board’s order for an independent audit is to satisfy critics and the general public that, as election officials have repeatedly claimed, everything was done above-board last November, and to prove there was no fraud or wrongdoing that had an impact on the locality’s reported results.
“Administered with integrity”
Still, the board maintains the audit isn’t likely to turn up anything.
“Maricopa County elections were administered with integrity throughout 2020. That’s a fact. Multiple audits to date have proved as much, and multiple court rulings have concurred,” Board Chairman Jack Sellers said in a statement.
“It’s also true that a significant number of voters want the additional assurance that a full forensic audit of tabulation equipment might bring, especially given all the misinformation that spread following the November 3 election,” Sellers added. “This audit shows our commitment to providing that assurance.”
“The right thing”
According to a press release from Maricopa County, the audit will closely analyze the election equipment for things like potential vulnerabilities to hackers and “malicious malware,” as well as look into the possibility that the machines had the capability to send and receive information through the internet.
In addition, a “logic and accuracy test” will be conducted on each machine “to ensure it accurately counted ballots and confirm that no vote switching occurred,” the release said.
The audit is expected to begin in early February and could run through March, at an estimated cost to the county of up to $100,000.
“We’re doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way,” Board Vice Chair Bill Gates said of the move, according to Just the News. “My hope is that the audit results will ensure the residents of Maricopa County have the same confidence in our elections system that we have.”
“An honest election”
Sellers shared a similar sentiment, telling the Arizona Republic that he “really want[s] to alleviate” any concerns “with whatever it is we are doing and convince them that this was, in fact, truly an honest election with good integrity.”
Only time will tell if the effort succeeds.