(USA Features) The state Senate president in Arizona said Wednesday that officials conducting an audit of Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 election have found a discrepancy with the official count.
During a Tuesday interview, Republican Senate President Karen Fann said the discrepancy has prompted the state legislature to acquire new machines to recount the ballots.
She went on to say she did not yet know how large the discrepancy is.
“They haven’t released a number yet,” Fann told conservative radio host Mike Broomhead on KTAR.
“However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point,” she added.
Former President Donald Trump lost the state to President Joe Biden by about 11,000 votes, nearly all of which came from Maricopa County.
Some 2.1 million ballots were reportedly cast in the county, which includes Phoenix.
“We are finishing up — the vendor is finishing up what we call the aggregation: double-checking the spreadsheets against the blue tally sheets, against the scans they did on the ballots,” Fann told KTAR.
“Because before we turn those ballots back to Maricopa County, they want to make sure that every one of those check-and-balances match before they start doing the analysis of all the data they received,” she added.
KTAR said the new tally was expected to start Tuesday, reports noted.
Meanwhile, a State Senate spokesman told reporters Monday that the new machine count would go into next week.
KTAR reported that a hand recount of the votes cast for president and U.S. Senate has been completed. Biden won Maricopa County by more than 45,000 votes.
Some county election officials have already begun discrediting the audit, which was performed by a firm called Cyber Ninjas.
Jack Sellers, GOP chairman of Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors, said in a statement to the Arizona Mirror he wasn’t surprised by that state Senate’s “woefully underqualified” audit team arrived at a different vote tally than the “experienced professionals” in his county’s elections department.
Fann, in her interview, admitted that the things “haven’t gone as smoothly as it could have” with the audit.
“Heck, no,” she said. “This is the first time in the history of our nation that anybody has done an audit of this magnitude.
“And so, quite honestly, we are doing a lot of things, triple-checking, just to make sure that this is all correct,” she continued.