‘Audit’ team vacates fairgrounds, though more space may be needed
For the first time since the election review began in April, the state Senate’s team of self-styled auditors has vacated the state fairgrounds near downtown Phoenix. The nearly 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 general election were returned to Maricopa County election officials on Thursday, and as of Friday, all of the team’s remaining equipment […]
UPDATED: Ken Bennett strikes deal to stay on as Senate’s ‘audit’ liaison
Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Wendnesday morning that he intended to step down as the Senate’s liaison to the ballot review of the Maricopa County election amid growing tensions between auditors and Bennett, before reversing course hours later and saying he would stay in his role. Bennett said late Wednesday afternoon that […]
Fact vs fiction: Getting to the bottom of what ‘audit’ leaders claimed
Leaders of the Senate’s election review made claims last week that have roiled right-wing media outlets and bolstered claims from Trump supporters that there is definitive evidence of election fraud in Arizona. But several of those claims were swiftly debunked, and others were unsupported by any evidence and have been refuted by elections officials. The […]
Senate indicates more election review subpoenas are likely
The Arizona State Senate might issue more subpoenas related to an ongoing review of the Maricopa County 2020 election, which has been going on since late April.
Fann says audit team, Maricopa County have different ballot totals
The number of ballots counted by the Arizona Senate’s self-styled audit didn’t match Maricopa County’s official total from the 2020 general election, which prompted the election review team to acquire machines for a new tally, Senate President Karen Fann said in a radio interview on Tuesday.
Sentencing reform dies for third straight year after Fann blocks Senate vote
Arizona will continue to have some of the strictest criminal sentencing laws in the country after Senate President Karen Fann refused to let the Senate vote on a bill that would allow some nonviolent inmates to earn early releases.
Audit leader Doug Logan appears in conspiracy theorist election film
The CEO of a Florida-based firm chosen to conduct the review of Maricopa County’s election results appeared in a conspiracy theorist film riddled with falsehoods about the 2020 election and directed by a man whose previous work claimed aliens were behind 9/11. Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan had previously been speculated to be the voice […]
Documents shed light on security at Arizona audit
Documents released by the Arizona Senate shed new light on agreements between the legislative chamber and the groups providing private security services to the audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results.
Yavapai sheriff: Beware fraudulent ‘election officials’ knocking on doors
People who are falsely claiming to be county election officials are knocking on voters’ doors in Yavapai County and asking for information about their voting history, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office warned on Monday.
AG Garland warns of DOJ scrutiny for Arizona-style audits
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland warned states that may be thinking about emulating Arizona’s self-styled election audit or enacting new voting restrictions based on dubious fraud claims that a newly beefed up civil rights division at the Department of Justice will have its eye on them.
Ducey vetoes 22 bills, says nothing will be signed until budget is approved
Gov. Doug Ducey is ratcheting up the pressure on GOP lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget, vowing not to sign any other legislation that reaches his desk until he gets a budget, and backing up his threat by vetoing 22 bills.
Unable to win GOP support for a budget, lawmakers pause work for 2 weeks
The Senate on Thursday abandoned plans to vote on a budget and instead adjourned until June 10 amid a stalemate over a proposed budget deal and the massive income tax cut it includes.