If you’ve been following the Maricopa audit closely, you likely heard rumors that a “preliminary report” was supposed to be released on Monday, June 28.
After all, the physical, forensic inspection of all the ballots concluded late last week.
So… where is the preliminary report?
There isn’t one.
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To be clear: that rumor was indeed fake news.
Unfortunately, we have to wait a little while longer until we hear the official results of the Maricopa audit.
But that is GOOD news.
Because it means that the auditors are not rushing the process.
They are verifying, validating, and double-checking everything.
They know that this audit will be attacked from the left and from never-Trump Republicans.
That’s why the findings from this audit have to be bullet proof.
How do we know there is no preliminary report?
This was confirmed by Karen Fann, the Arizona Senator who helped order the Maricopa audit.
Don’t know where this is coming from. I certainly didn’t say that. We still have work to do on the audit https://t.co/vt9Eq7SP3C
— Karen Fann (@FannKfann) June 27, 2021
Correct Thanks for keeping it straight Tyler https://t.co/RfNk5s2k5p
— Karen Fann (@FannKfann) June 27, 2021
Now that ballot counting and forensic investigation of the ballots has ended, here’s what you can expect.
Fox 10 Phoenix explains:
Technology consultants hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to probe the 2020 election have finished counting and photographing nearly 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County.
A final report of the findings is still weeks to months away, said Ken Bennett, a former Republican secretary of state working on the effort. But the milestone marks an end to the most visible portion of the unprecedented partisan election audit, which saw teams of people recruited by supporters of former President Donald Trump working through dozens of pallets of ballots on the floor of a former basketball arena.
The GOP-led Senate ordered the audit after Trump backers claimed without evidence that fraud led to his loss in Arizona and other battleground states. The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has repeatedly said the election was fair and free of any problems.
The audit can’t change the election results. But it’s being carefully watched by Trump and some of his most ardent supporters who believe it will finally turn up evidence to support fraud claims. President Joe Biden narrowly won Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold that has been steadily moving toward the center.
“Audit Update: Paper examination and counting are finished today,” the audit team wrote in a post on Twitter. “Thank you to all the amazing Arizona volunteers who made this audit possible!”
Auditors will vacate the Coliseum by the time their lease expires Wednesday evening, Bennett said in a text message. He did not respond to questions about where the ballots will go and whether they will be returned to the county.
Observers working for Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs have documented a variety of security lapses, shifting procedures and other issues, including the sloppy protection of passwords and combinations on locks controlling secured areas.
It’s also unclear who is paying for the audit, but several fundraising groups tied to Trump supporters claim to have collected millions of dollars in donations. The Senate signed a $150,000 contract with Cyber Ninjas, which Logan has acknowledged is not enough to cover the costs.
Fann has said the audit is not meant to overturn the 2020 election but rather to see whether laws need improvement and instill confidence in elections. Logan says his personal views are irrelevant.
Remember, all good things come in time!
We want to make sure that this audit is done – and that this audit is done correctly!
Audit Update: Paper examination and counting are finished today. Thank you to all the amazing Arizona volunteers who made this audit possible! 🇺🇸
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) June 26, 2021
Until the official report comes out…
Or until the Arizona Senate itself issues a statement…
It will be difficult to predict when the official results will be made known.
Until then, be sure to keep visiting WeLoveTrump for the latest news and updates!
We will bring you the latest breaking news as it develops.