A group hired by Trump-friendly Republicans to investigate the results of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest district spun falsehoods about deleted dates, double votes and other misconduct in a report that ignored basic facts about the conduct of elections .
The report released Friday by Cyber Ninjas, mandated by Republican lawmakers in Arizona to look for 2020 election fraud, found nothing to question President Joe Biden’s election won. Instead, it tried to portray routine election practices in Maricopa County as mistakes, irregularities, or sinister attempts to deny Donald Trump another term.
Despite its skewed analysis, the report actually garnered more votes for Biden than it received in the county last year.
Here’s a look at some of the claims made by Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, at a hearing to present his report on Friday:
LOGAN, claiming election results have been deleted from Maricopa County’s election management system: “So one person filed a motion and decided to do something that would delete all records in the system that was used the day before to make the official ones Generating results an audit has started. “
THE FACTS: No, the data never disappeared; it has just been postponed. Maricopa County officials made copies of the data and archived it before removing it from the election management system.
“We have backups for all data from November and these archives were never subpoenaed,” the county said in a statement on Twitter. County officials said data cannot be stored in the election management system indefinitely. “Cyber ninjas do not understand the business of elections,” said the district. “We cannot keep everything on the EMS server because there are storage restrictions.”
LOGAN: “23,344 people voted when they should or would not normally have access” to vote in Maricopa County for moving.
THE FACTS: No, that didn’t happen. Logan checked the names of voters against a commercial address database, not a voter database. He found that 23,344 were reported to have moved before the October ballot papers ran out. While the review suggests something inappropriateness, election officials point out that voters like college students, vacation home owners, and military personnel can move to temporary locations while still legally voting at the address where they are registered.
“A competent adjudicator of an election wouldn’t say such a thing,” said Trey Grayson, a former Republican Secretary of State in Kentucky.
LOGAN: There were 9,041 postal voters who “got one ballot but somehow got two ballots that I don’t know how you sent one ballot and got two.”
THE FACTS: This is not unusual and not a sign of wrongdoing. The file Logan consulted, known as EV33, shows two ballots returned when a voter’s ballot has a signature mismatch that is being fixed.
If a voter submits a ballot with a blank or false signature, election officials will contact the voter. When the discrepancy is resolved, they will add a second record to the EV33 file, election officials said.
“The fair conclusion from this result is that the early voting team has met its legally mandated responsibility by verifying the signatures on all returned ballots,” Maricopa County tweeted in response to Logan’s claim.
Associated Press authors Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Cal Woodward in Washington contributed to this report.
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