There is no evidence that a widespread fraudulent election was found in an election audit in Maricopa County

Claim: Arizona recount found 250,000 fraudulent votes

Election audit It started on April 23 in Maricopa County, Arizona.About 6 months after President Joe Biden Won in Arizona Approximately 10,500 votes, more than 45,100 votes in Maricopa County, auditors are set to count 2.1 million votes In the county.

This audit is unprecedented and is fiercely contested by Democrats, some Republicans, and electoral authorities. State legislature Democrats say Audits will amplify voters’ unfounded allegations of fraud and reduce public confidence in Arizona’s electoral system. A County authorities and state Democrats insist The recount procedure violates state election law and poses a security threat.

Despite numerous county audits confirming the results of the first elections and some fruitless lawsuits from former President Donald Trump’s campaign and its allies, the Republican-led State Senate has been able to support the Arizona election system. He said he would conduct an audit to ensure completeness.

The Senate said the audit results will not be used to overturn the 2020 election results.

Senate Arizona and Cyber ​​Ninja, a private sector hired to oversee audits, have kept procedures and findings private. Press is not allowed access To the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which will be recounted until May 14.

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Cyber ​​Ninja’s involvement in recounting is controversial Founder Doug Logan has been supporting efforts to overturn election results in Michigan by promoting unfounded claims of fraudulent elections on social media.

Neither the Senate nor Cyber ​​Ninja have announced widespread fraud findings, but they do not prevent social media users from making false claims online.

“Audit in Arizona found 250,000 illegal votes … so far!” Claim Posted on April 27th.

USA TODAY has solicited comments from several accounts that have posted widely shared claims.

Senate Arizona confirms that discovery has not been announced

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a liaison to the Senate, told USA Today that an audit revealed that a fraudulent vote of 250,000 votes was “absolutely not true.”

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (left) keeps a palette of ballots before auditing 2.1 million ballots at the Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 22, 2021.

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (left) keeps a palette of ballots before auditing 2.1 million ballots at the Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 22, 2021., The official election audit web page does not contain such announcements.

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USA TODAY used to be Electoral fraud And that Maricopa County Audit.. False allegations claim that there were problems both locally and nationally. None of the fact checks found evidence of widespread fraud.

Our rating: False

The allegation that an ongoing election audit in Maricopa County found 250,000 fraudulent ballots is rated FALSE because our investigation does not support it. The Arizona Senate Liaison Officer for the audit confirmed to the USA today that no such announcement had been made. Numerous previous county audits and proceedings confirmed the results of the first elections in 2020.

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