Reports out of Arizona indicate the state senate is considering expanding the 2020 election audit that is happening in Maricopa County. Senators are reportedly considering hiring a California-based nonprofit to conduct an analysis of ballot images to create a third set of numbers to compare with the tabulation from Dominion Voting Systems machines and the hand recount being done by Cyber Ninjas.
Citizens’ Oversight, the nonprofit being considered, uses an audit engine to tabulate results from each ballot for all contests before comparing the numbers it generates with the official records. The review also produces a discrepancy report.
The current hand recount is focused on the presidential election and the U.S. Senate race. Citizens’ Oversight would audit all races on the ballot.
More than 800,000 ballots had been counted as of Thursday. The hope is the hand recount is finished by June 30. Nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County are being recounted. In addition, election machines including 385 tabulators are being examined.