Republicans in the state of Arizona recently announced that four firms have been hired to audit election results, according to USA Today.
The Senate in the state of Arizona plans to recount all 2.1 million ballots cast in the state’s most populous county to make sure that Joe Biden’s presidential election victory was legitimate.
Senate President Karen Fann made the announcement after a judge ruled that the senate can Maricopa County’s ballots, ballot tabulation equipment, and other election materials.
Fann and Senate Republicans were already planning to do their own audit of elections and recently shared that they would be auditing the presidential election race as well.
Recounts are only allowed under special circumstances, but the judge’s recent ruling reveals that the Senate can claim oversight powers that will grant access to reviewing election results in any way they feel necessary.
Cyber Ninjas will be conducting the independent audit. Cyber Ninjas is based out of the State of Florida.
Cyber Ninjas focuses on computer application security for financial services and government clients.
The other three firms that were hired to conduct the audit are Wake Technology Services Inc., CyFIR LLC and Digital Discovery.
CyFIR specializes in computer forensics and cyberattacks. Wake Technology Services Inc. has conducted hand count audits in Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
Digital Discovery’s website describes that they specialize in digital forensics.
The Senate has not displayed any contracts with the firms and has not disclosed a cost for the effort.
Fann says that she wants to prove or disprove allegations made by Donald Trump that fraud or other election malfeasance led to his loss in Arizona and other battleground states.
Fann expressed that she wants Maricopa County to assist in the audit.
Maricopa County officials have not said they were willing to take part in the effort.
“Our people need to be assured that the Senate and Maricopa County can work together on this audit, to bring integrity to the election process,” Fann said in a statement.
“As Board Chair (Jack) Sellers and County Recorder (Stephen) Richer wrote in the Arizona Republic ‘a democracy cannot survive if its people do not believe elections are free and fair.’”
More from USA Today:
The Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors fought the Senate subpoenas and repeatedly said there were no issues with how the election was conducted. Multiple reviews, audits and a hand-count of a sample of ballots back that position.
That op-ed in the Republic was written in January, when the board was fighting the Senate subpoenas and was preparing to do two additional election audits in an effort to mollify lawmakers.
Last month, the county released the results of two new audits of their equipment that showed no malicious software or incorrect counting equipment and that none of the computers or equipment were connected to the internet.