WASHINGTON — The sham election review that Arizona Republicans have been pursuing is once again coming back to bite them as they try to recover public records from the discredited firm Cyber Ninjas. Senate Republicans hired the firm last year and are now attempting to obtain access to the records it was supposed to create as part of the conspiracy-fueled scheme to overturn the 2020 election results.
CHASER: The Cyber Ninjas were clearly a sham firm from the beginning, and if Arizona Republicans actually cared about creating a transparent election process voters can trust, they would have never hired them. Now Arizona Senate Republicans don’t know what records the firm has access to or where the data is, all in the name of a sham election review that ultimately reaffirmed what we all knew a year ago — Joe Biden won the presidential race in Arizona. Here is just a reminder of how the company and the election review itself was an illegitimate Republican grift used to spread the Big Lie:
- Republican Governor Doug Ducey certified the state’s election results in December of 2020.
- Cyber Ninja’s CEO, Doug Logan, is a known conspiracy theorist who pushed the “Big Lie.”
- The Cyber Ninjas, had no experience conducting election reviews, didn’t even place a formal bid for the contract, and was picked over a firm that has previously conducted hundreds of (legitimate) election reviews.
- The sham review methodology was driven by conspiracy theorists who scanned ballots for bamboo fibers to determine if 40,000 forged ballots were shipped from Asia.
- This sham election review followed Maricopa County’s audit conducted by two independent firms in February, which found that the votes were counted properly and the election equipment wasn’t hacked or connected to the internet.
- As a result of this grift, Arizona taxpayers must now foot the nearly $3 million bill to replace the election equipment that was mishandled by these unaccredited firms.