ICYMI: Arizona Senate GOP’s Incompetent “Audit” Could Cost Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

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WASHINGTON — The Arizona Senate Republican caucus hired an uncertified firm to run their deeply biased and incompetent audit, and it could end up costing tax payers millions of dollars. Because Cyber Ninjas failed to follow proper procedures, Maricopa County will likely need to replace millions of dollars worth of election equipment. Arizona Republicans claim to be concerned about election integrity, but their reckless, conspiracy-influenced “fraudit” has gravely jeopardized election security.

Washington Post: Arizona secretary of state says Maricopa County should replace voting equipment because GOP-backed recount compromised its security

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), the state’s chief elections officer, advised Maricopa County Thursday that it should replace all voting machines that were turned over to a private contractor for an audit of the 2020 presidential election, citing “grave concerns regarding the security and integrity” of the machines that make them unusable for future elections.

Hobbs’ guidance, outlined in a letter to county officials, is the latest fallout from a review of the election ordered by Republicans in the Arizona state Senate, who used a subpoena to order the county to turn over voting machines and nearly 2.1 million ballots to reexamine last fall’s vote.

The chief executive of the private company hired to conduct the audit has echoed false allegations that the election was stolen, and the process has been widely criticized by election experts as insecure and unprofessional.