Update from the Arizona audit.
According to the official account of the Senate Liaison for the Maricopa County 2020 Forensic Election Audit, the hand count of ballots has finished. (With the exception of braille ballots)
The paper examination is continuing and they are examining 100K ballots per day.
Audit Update: Hand count of ballots was completed yesterday with the exception of Braille ballots. The paper examination phase continues and we are examining over 100k ballots per day!
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) June 16, 2021
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik explained the procedures being used.
Thank you Commissioner @BernardKerik for coming to the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on June 9th to learn about the forensic audit procedures we have implemented in the Maricopa County election audit.
Great detailed explanation! https://t.co/C8owklRt2V
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) June 15, 2021
Every ballot reviewed by the auditors goes through distinct stages, starting with a simple count. One by one, ballots are placed on rotating stands in the middle of each table, and each one is viewed and counted by three separate people, whose independent tallies must line up. Each batch has 50 ballots, and once all of them are counted they’re boxed, sealed, and marked with the name of each counter, much like an evidence label.
The box is then taken to a locked cage until it is ready for review at the next station.
Next, the ballots undergo digital imagery examination, which is done at such a high resolution that it’s almost better than reviewing the ballot itself, because you can zoom in without losing resolution.
When I was there, one of the auditors showed me an example of a ballot that was flagged as suspicious because every single oval was filled out perfectly, without a single stray mark – something that would be easy for a machine to accomplish, but is almost impossible to do by hand.
After being imaged, the ballots are re-boxed, a new tabulations page is attached, and the box is sent to a different cage. From that point on, the ballots are kept under lock and key, with 24/7 video surveillance.
Now, comes time for the final report:
the last of the ballots are being counted…final report will be here in a few weeks https://t.co/k63vK710x6
— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-06) (@BarnettforAZ) June 14, 2021
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