COUNT. Workers hired by a private company before examining Maricopa County ballots, May 3, in Phoenix. | Photo: Courtney Pedroza / The Washington Post.
A Republican-requested audit of nearly 2.1 million votes cast last year in Arizona confirmed the accuracy of the official results and President Joe Biden’s victory in Maricopa County. This is confirmed by a draft of the report prepared by private contractors who carried out the count.
The context: The results end a costly and lengthy recount, pushed by the Arizona Senate led by the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump had defended the audit, which kept alive false claims of suspected election fraud in Maricopa, the state’s most populous county.
- The counting process was criticized by electoral experts, who cautioned that the methods used by the company hired to conduct the review were sloppy and biased.
- The draft of the report was obtained by The Washington Post late Thursday, before the release of a final version scheduled for Friday afternoon.
- The report may undergo additional reviews prior to publication.
The data: The preliminary report notes that the review concluded that 45,469 more votes were cast for Biden in Maricopa County than for Trump: the Democratic leader’s margin was widened by registering 360 more votes than the certified results.
- However, the draft report indicates that the data is “not materially different” from certified county counts.
- The vote review lasted almost six months and cost approximately $ 6 million. Most of the funds were awarded by groups who doubt the election results.
Main source of the news: The Washington Post.