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‘Intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant’: Maricopa County destroys Cyber Ninjas after ‘laughable’ audit
Maricopa County officials Friday afternoon responded in detail to claims made by Cyber Ninjas in the $6 million six month "audit" of the Arizona county's ballots from the 2020 presidential election. Late Thursday night multiple news organizations reported that Cyber Ninjas' audit, officially released Friday afternoon, found Joe Biden did win the election in Arizona, as originally reported nearly one year ago, and actually walked away with even more votes that first reported, while Donald Trump, the company concluded, got even less.
But the devil is in the details and after six frustrating months of dealing with a company that reportedly has zero expertise in auditing elections, Maricopa County officials blasted some of the "critical concerns" Cyber Ninjas claimed in their report.
Via a lengthy series of tweets Maricopa County officials destroyed Cyber Ninja's audit, which is being called a "fraudit" and a sham.
For example, calling it "intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant," Maricopa County blasted Cyber Ninjas and GOP state senators over the claim and "concern" that 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address:
County officials went even further, writing:
1) Military and overseas voters can cast a “federal only ballot" despite living outside the U.S. The address tied to their ballot would be their prior address in AZ.
2) People are allowed to move from one house to another (or even one state to another) in October and November of an election year (yes, shocking!). If the driver's license address matches the voter registration address, they are still allowed to vote.
3) For the November General Election Maricopa County had 20,933 one-time temporary address requests. In addition, snowbirds and college students tend to have forwarding addresses when they are out of the county.
4) Mail-in ballots are not forwarded to another address.
In another they called it “laughable" that Cyber Ninjas were concerned that in a state of “more than 7 million people" … “yes, some of them share names & birth years."
CLAIM: 10,342 potential voters that voted in multiple counties BOTTOM LINE: There are more than 7 million people… https://t.co/MS08MnUW6s— Maricopa County (@Maricopa County) 1632508356.0
"If Cyber Ninjas understood data analysis, they would have performed standard processes to rule out situations that lead to faulty conclusions," county officials added.
And even more criticisms:
"Anomaly" seems to be another way of saying the Senate's contractors don't understand election processes. Sadly, t… https://t.co/K33EEcHZ9L— Maricopa County (@Maricopa County) 1632516192.0
BACKGROUND: These claims of “deleting” and “purging” are reminiscent of the false claim Cyber Ninjas made in May, a… https://t.co/FwGCmCy2dY— Maricopa County (@Maricopa County) 1632513087.0
You can read them all here.
The Republican-backed "audit" of ballots in Maricopa County that Trump supporters were hoping to confirm widespread election fraud in Arizona has ended — and not only did it fail to find any substantial fraud, it actually slightly revised down the number of Trump ballots and up the number of Biden ballots.
But Arizona GOP chairwoman Kelli Ward had a different conclusion. On Friday, she called for a do-over of the whole thing.
Amazing report from Dr. Shiva. Many questions for Maricopa County as well as exposure of incompetence & possible ma… https://t.co/wp2eJdrt8X— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸) 1632517577.0
"Dr. Shiva" is a reference to Shiva Ayyadurai, an election conspiracist and anti-vaccine truther who has claimed he was the inventor of email and that Dr. Anthony Fauci is a "Deep State" agent. He was hired by the Arizona State Senate to take part in the audit.
The audit swiftly grew controversial due to giving selective access to right-wing news organizations and for pursuing conspiracy theories, including hunting for bamboo fibers in ballots to prove they were forgeries from Asia. Even some Trump supporters, like right-wing talk radio host Mike Broomhead, ultimately turned on the effort.
Bizarre pictures from Arizona as anti-vaxxers and election conspiracy theorists swarm the state Capitol
Conspiracy theorists converged on the Arizona state Capitol on Friday as dueling rallies were held.
"I'm outside the Arizona State Capitol where there's an anti-vax Medical Freedom Rally on one side of the street and preparations for an election fraud protest on the other," New York Times correspondent Jack Healy reported.
ABC 15 reporter Zach Crenshaw posted photos of the two groups.
I’ve seen the usual, armed militia-types. Oath Keepers, III %’s, and Proud Boys (in street clothes because “this i… https://t.co/dtdLZgpw90— Zach Crenshaw (@Zach Crenshaw) 1632502254.0
The Republican Party of Arizona was there.
The Republican Party of Arizona is at the Capitol watching the live results of the Arizona Audit! Come on down and… https://t.co/3A3a7PDYTV— Republican Party of Arizona (@Republican Party of Arizona) 1632516247.0
Here are some more images from the scene.
Sheriff Lamb up now:
“We're going to find out what kind of patriots you are. We're going to find out who is willing to die for freedom."
“How much resistance do you have?" pic.twitter.com/2B8uTC6D6P
— Zach Crenshaw (@ZachCrenshaw) September 24, 2021
The scene inside and outside the Arizona state Capitol today in Phoenix as the results of the 2020 election review… https://t.co/Y8zIJ1NNvf— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) 1632517220.0
As the hearing began, we had a few hilarious disruptions. This guy was playing a banjo and harmonica, but got screamed away buy some heavily armed folks. pic.twitter.com/EXWEMLEnPn
— AZ Right Wing Watch (@az_rww) September 24, 2021
Some photos from the rally happening now at the AZ Capitol. We’re now just over two hours away from getting the off… https://t.co/bivRUstywX— BrieAnna J. Frank 🌵 (@BrieAnna J. Frank 🌵) 1632506002.0
Current scene at the Arizona state Capitol: Hundreds of people have gathered to hear the results of the #AZAudit w… https://t.co/DGhV6sD0Q6— James Klüg (@James Klüg) 1632511004.0
Quick break, today's just a weird mix of everything. There's anti-vaxxers, Ivermectin fans, pro-audit folks, "justice for j6" people, some who were at J6 themselves, militias, AZ politicians & candidates, etc. pic.twitter.com/DmpyS3qmTH
— AZ Right Wing Watch (@az_rww) September 24, 2021
Couple of pics of the anti-vaccine, anti-mandate rally happening outside the Arizona Senate today ahead of the offi… https://t.co/EnQZlXOJ5T— Stacey Barchenger (@Stacey Barchenger) 1632511845.0
Was approached by three people that asked me why I’m wearing a mask outdoors at an anti-vaccination rally. The wor… https://t.co/q3H1asIwX3— Hunter @ 12 News 🌵🌻 (@Hunter @ 12 News 🌵🌻) 1632505516.0
Most controversial speaker by far was candidate for governor and former TV reporter @KariLake. The crowd started… https://t.co/ksAtVYC3Lm— Hunter @ 12 News 🌵🌻 (@Hunter @ 12 News 🌵🌻) 1632508805.0
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb (@sherifflamb1) also spoke at the anti-vaccine rally, telling the crowd they may los… https://t.co/1kO2cOWoCa— Hunter @ 12 News 🌵🌻 (@Hunter @ 12 News 🌵🌻) 1632510350.0
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