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Full Arizona 'audit' report delayed after Cyber Ninjas head, others get COVID-19

The team that has worked since April reviewing the 2020 general election in Maricopa County submitted a partial draft report to the Arizona Senate on Monday, but the full report will be delayed because several members of the team — including Cyber Ninjas head Doug Logan — have tested positive for COVID-19.

Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, announced that Logan and two other members of the five-person audit team have COVID “and are quite sick.” One of the three — not Logan — is hospitalized with pneumonia, Fann told the Arizona Mirror

It’s unclear who besides Logan is on the five-person “audit analysis team,” and Fann told KJZZ’s Ben Giles that she doesn’t know who comprises the team. Likewise, Senate “audit” liaison Ken Bennett told Giles he didn’t know, either — and thought there were actually nine people, not five.

The Senate’s legal team will begin reviewing the partial draft report on Wednesday. Once it receives the remainder of the report, the team will finish checking the report for accuracy, clarity, and proof of documentation for its findings. After that process is complete, Fann said the report will be given to the Senate Judiciary Committee and its findings will be released to the public. 

COVID-19 isn’t the only thing delaying the full report, Fann said. She said the election review team only received images of the envelopes from about 1.9 million early ballots from Maricopa County on Thursday. The team hopes to finish analyzing those as soon as possible so the results of that analysis can be included in the final report, Fann said.

But Maricopa County’s elections department disputed that, and said images of the early ballot envelopes were delivered to the Senate and it’s self-styled audit team on April 23.

Randy Pullen, a spokesman for the election review, said he expects it to take a week for the team to finish examining the ballot envelopes. He said the team will both inspect the envelopes to ensure they have signatures — voters must sign their names on early ballot envelopes, and election officials examine those signatures to verify voters’ identities before the ballots are counted — and examine the signatures themselves to ensure they’re valid.

The “audit” was launched earlier this year. Although Fann has said the goal is to restore voters’ confidence in the electoral process, she hired an unknown cybersecurity firm with no experience in auditing or elections that is run by Logan, a man who espoused debunked election conspiracy theories alleging Donald Trump really won the 2020 election in Arizona and elsewhere.

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The resulting “audit” was funded almost entirely by pro-Trump groups and figures, including those who have sought to overturn the 2020 election. Elections experts have said there is no reason to believe the results of the election review will be credible, given the circumstances.

This report was first published by the Arizona Mirror.

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Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan (left) testifies to the Senate on July 15, 2021.


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