In March, the state Senate said they would be conducting a “broad and detailed” audit, also explaining that they will test voting machines, scan ballots, look for IT breaches, and perform a hand count.
The state-issued subpoenas needed in order to execute the audit have been pending since mid-December and were finally ruled as valid on Feb. 25.
From that day, lawmakers have been working on the specifics for the audit. Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate president revealed that the audit process will commence during the next week.
Fann also added that the state’s Republicans have faced “sabotage” by Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors and that the process has been hindered.
“The Maricopa BOS has refused to allow us to perform the audit at their facilities,” Fann said, “and has gone so far as to refusing to even answer simple questions such as ‘how are the ballots sequestered?’”
“It’s taken the Senate two and a half months to win in court to uphold our right to issue subpoenas for election materials and another 6 weeks of researching to select the audit team to perform the full forensic audit,” Fann continued.
She said previously that their intention was “never about overturning the election, it was about the integrity of the Arizona election system.”
Earlier this week, Fann signed a contract to rent the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix for about a month starting on April 19th. She also noted that she wanted to use spaces in the county but that they rejected.
She said that there will be physical and live streaming security in the more than 20,000 square foot facility.
“The audit teams are assembling and transporting the equipment and personnel to Arizona with an expected start date of April 22nd,” she added.
Fann also noted that the Arizona State Senate and auditors do not have a particular expectation of the findings.
“We are performing the full forensic audit to either dispel our voter’s concerns or, if a problem is uncovered, we must fix the problems before the next election,” she explained. “We have never accused anyone of fraud or misconduct, whether it be the hardware, software or actions of personnel.”