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Maricopa County GOP recorder: there is ‘no legitimate reason’ for the audit

Maricopa County Secretary Stephen Richer said Monday he had no choice but to voice his opposition to the audit of the 2.1 million ballots cast in his county during the presidential election in November. The Arizona GOP-led State Senate used subpoenas to obtain ballots, voting machines, and voter personal information, and hired a Florida-based cybersecurity company called Cyber ​​Ninjas to run the audit. There is no “legitimate reason for this audit,” Richer, a Republican, told The Breakdown on ABC News Live. “This is happening, not because the evidence supports it. All tests came back without error. The parties themselves oversaw the manual count of 47,000 votes and more.” Cyber ​​Ninjas has no election experience and its CEO tweeted to support former President Donald Trump’s false claim that he really won Arizona, not President Biden. Richer said it was “frustrating” that “some professional and legitimate companies had made offers to the Arizona Senate to do this job and we would have welcomed it.” The audit will cost taxpayers millions, as Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has said the chain of custody is broken with voting machines, and election officials don’t know what Cyber Ninjas could do to machines, they can’t be used. in the next elections. Richer told The Breakdown he planned to remain silent during the audit, but when an anonymous Twitter account falsely accused Maricopa County of deleting voter records – a claim Trump quickly amplified – it resulted in crossed the line, but when the good workers in Maricopa County – who are my friends, my teammates, my staff – are accused of illegally destroying evidence under my direction, then I had to say something. “Maricopa County,” he added, “is in the process of determining whether it can pursue libel charges. More stories from theweek.com5 insanely funny cartoons about the GOP’s resistance to the Jan. 6 Commission minus 15 dead, hundreds of homes destroyed after Mount Nyiragongo eruption in central Africa

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