The task of recounting of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County by hand issued by the Arizona Senate as a move to settle the 2020 election claims is wrapping up this weekend.
The six-week-long hand auditing ballots of the 4th most populous county in the US will still require further procedures to be screened through before a conclusion is reviewed.
“The counting will be done by the end of this week and then the resources will shift to the paper evaluation,” Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett said on Tuesday, June 6. “That may still take most of the rest of this month.”
This was not the initial date the process was expected to finish, which was previously thought to be in mid-May following a contract deadline between the GOP-led Senate and Wake TSI.
The Cyber Ninja firm was called on to finish the remainder of the ballots in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, which led to the extended due time.
The additional procedures to go through after the recounting process, according to Bennett, was to testify a ballot’s authenticity.
As 12News reported, it would include checking for “irregular folds, signs that a machine filled out the ballot, or differences between ballots sent by mail and those filled out in-person at a Vote Center.”
This meticulous step was deemed unnecessary by several election officials this February, alleging that the Dominion machine, responsible for counting the ballots automatically, was highly accurate.
“The audit reaffirms what election officials and experts around the country already know: there was no hacking, manipulation, or vote switching on Dominion machines,” said a spokesperson of the company.
Along with that, those waiting for the audit outcome still have to wait until late July or August for a full report from the Senate Republicans of Arizona.
The 2020 presidential election marked a historic win for Joe Biden in Maricopa County. He was the first Democratic nominee in 72 years to win the people’s choice by a close percentage of only 2% ahead of his rival Donald Trump.
However, those doubting the integrity of the election outcome turned to condemn the Dominion Voting Systems machines, calling it a weak and unreliable system.
Against the accusations, officials of the technology were vigorous in defending their software, confidently asserting that it was facing “defamatory disinformation.”
The “conspiracy theories” that Dominion dubbed, in turn, on some occasions were not completely baseless.
One example could be the case with Pennsylvania, which saw the total for President Trump’s votes drop from 1,690,589 to 1,670,631 while the total for Biden rose from 1,252,537 to 1,272,495 in just 32 seconds. The peculiar moment was captured and uploaded online by many who witnessed it. In May this year during a primary election in Luzerne County of Pennsylvania, the voting machines demonstrated a mishap that the companies said was “a human error” as it did not display Republican ballots but instead translated the GOP votes as Democratic on its screen, the event was reported by Washington Examiner.