Arizona ‘audit’ finds Biden won (by more votes) and no evidence of fraud

Ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona Senate at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Photo by David Wallace | Arizona Republic/pool photo

After months of work and some $6 million spent, a so-called audit that Trump supporters claimed would show that the election had been stolen from the defeated president found that Joe Biden actually won Arizona by more votes than the official tally — and it found no conclusive evidence that the election had been influenced by fraud.

Draft reports from the review that Senate President Karen Fann commissioned of Maricopa County’s election results declared that a hand count of nearly 2.1 million ballots from the November 2020 election found Donald Trump had 261 fewer votes than the county’s official canvass gave him, while Biden had 99 more. All told, Biden gained 360 votes in the Senate “audit” hand count — which was criticized by election experts as fundamentally flawed — giving him a victory of 45,469 votes in Maricopa County.

Official canvasses had Biden winning the county by 45,109 and the state by 10,457 votes.

The “audit” team is scheduled to unveil its findings to the Senate at 1 p.m. on Friday (3 p.m. EDT). But three draft reports that began circulating on Thursday show what audit critics have long argued — that the election was conducted fairly and the votes counted accurately.

“This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters. That should be the end of the story. Everything else is just noise,” Jack Sellers, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in a press statement Thursday night.

The audit reports also showed no evidence of fraud or malfeasance that might have changed the election outcome in Arizona. Read more