Arizona election audit delayed in Maricopa County as firm Cyber Ninjas reports three staff have Covid amid Trump claims
THE Arizona election audit was delayed in Maricopa County after the firm Cyber Ninjas reported that three staff members have Covid-19.
Cyber Ninjas, which is handling the recount of votes from the 2020 election in the state, was expected to hand over findings on Monday, but members of the audit team are reportedly "quite sick."
The recount has been widely slammed as former President Donald Trump continues to maintain that the election, which took place nine months ago, was stolen from him due to voter fraud.
Now, the timeline for Cyber Ninjas to present any findings has been pushed back indefinitely.
"The team expected to have the full draft ready for the Senate today, but unfortunately Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and two other members of the five-person audit team have tested positive for Covid-19 and are quite sick," Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement.
Fann said that lawmakers had received a "portion of the draft report."
Members of the Arizona Senate's legal team are expected to meet Wednesday to begin the process of reviewing the draft for "accuracy, clarity, and proof of documentation of findings," she said.
The decision to hire Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm, to conduct the election audit has been widely slammed since the work began in March.
Even some of the state Republicans who voted in favor of an audit have publicly declared their regret at doing so.
Joe Biden was the first Democrat since former President Bill Clinton to win Arizona's electoral votes.
He won the state by under 11,000 votes or about three-tenths of a percentage point.
He won Maricopa County, where about two-thirds of the state's registered voters live, by about 45,000 votes.
Congressional Democrats have slammed the recount and questioned Cyber Ninjas' qualifications in conducting it.
House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and civil rights subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) have called the company's audit practices "sloppy and insecure," and accused them of compromising "the integrity of ballots."
Democrats have also questioned whether the firm has an interest in furthering the conspiracy theory that Trump actually won the election, especially since its chief executive had previously spread misinformation about the 2020 election.
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