Election officials deny allegations during scrutiny of Arizona poll | US government and politics

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona election officials plan on Wednesday to present a point-by-point rebuttal of a partisan review of the 2020 election that former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters have used to promote the myth according to which Trump lost to fraud.

Election administrators and predominantly Republican leaders in Maricopa County have always argued that the review, conducted by Trump supporters on behalf of Republicans in the state Senate, was flawed. They are expected to offer their most detailed response at a public meeting of the county supervisory board.

The review began with a massive subpoena issued by Republican Senate leaders in late 2020 as Trump and his allies unsuccessfully searched for evidence to back up his claim that the election was stolen. The subpoena demanded access to the 2.1 million ballots, the machines that counted them, and the treasures of digital election data in Maricopa County, home to the Phoenix metro area and 60% of voters in the United States. Arizona.

To lead the review, Republican lawmakers hired Cyber ​​Ninjas, a small cybersecurity consultancy with no electoral experience and run by a Trump supporter who shared election conspiracy theories on a Twitter account he said. then deleted.

The Cyber ​​Ninjas report confirmed Biden’s narrow victory in Maricopa County, but pointed to a number of shortcomings in electoral procedures and suggested that the final tally could still not be relied on. Trump has repeatedly emphasized these claims in his rallies and public statements.

The former president is expected to hold a rally on Jan.15 outside Florence, his second in Arizona since his election defeat.

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