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Brennan Center Sends Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audits

Individuals from the Brennan Center, the Carter Center, RSM Election Solutions, and Verified Voting wrote a letter to Arizona State Senate President Fann urging the Senate to refrain from auditing the Maricopa County election results.

Published: April 13, 2021

On March 31, Arizona Senate Pres­id­ent Karen Fann announced that the Senate had hired Cyber Ninjas, a firm which news reports say was “foun­ded by a Trump supporter who promoted conspir­acy theor­ies as part of the Stop the Steal move­ment,” to audit ballots cast in Mari­copa County’s Novem­ber general elec­tion. Although two substant­ive audits found no discrep­an­cies in the Mari­copa County elec­tion results and elec­tion secur­ity experts have described the 2020 elec­tion as “the most secure in Amer­ican history," the Senate intends to move forward with the audit. If this audit takes place, it will need­lessly burden Mari­copa County elec­tion offi­cials and encour­age conspir­acy theor­ies, games­man­ship, or worse. We urge the Arizona Senate to stop efforts that could under­mine confid­ence in our elec­tions and accept the Mari­copa County elec­tion results.