The 2020 election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, has attracted the interest of Pennsylvania Republicans. A group of three Republican congressmen from the state believed to have electoral irregularities paid a visit to Arizona.
On Wednesday, June 2, Pennsylvania lawmakers including Sen. Doug Mastriano, Sen. Cris Dush, and Rep. Rob Kauffman visited Arizona to learn about its ongoing election audit.
According to AP, before arriving at the audit location in Veterans Memorial Coliseum (VMC) in Phoenix city for a briefing with the auditors, they met with Arizona legislators at the Capitol.
Pennsylvania members of Congress and other delegation members spent about 20 minutes visiting VMC, where the volunteers count ballots by hand. Doug Logan, the head of Cyber Ninjas, the company that carried out the audit, led the team on a tour of the area.
Senator Mastriano’s office said the delegation witnessed with their own eyes “the most comprehensive election audit in the history of [the] United States.”
In a statement, Mastriano said that the republic of the United States must have transparency. Every citizen needs to believe that their every vote is counted. He also said that “there are ZERO taxpayer dollars being used for the trip.”
Mastriano added that his team would report the trip’s results to Pennsylvania’s Senate leaders and advise them on what to do. “Hopefully we can come up with an approach here to make sure every person in Pennsylvania can rest assured they have one vote, and it counts.”
Sen. Dush said that he “absolutely” wants a similar audit in Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden overtook Donald Trump in Arizona by more than 10,000 votes out of a total of more than 3.3 million votes statewide. The Democratic candidate led by about two percentage points thanks to his advantage in Maricopa County, including Phoenix, where Biden led Trump by nearly 45,000 votes.
Washington Examiner reported on May 31, the Arizona Senate’s 2020 election audit in Maricopa County is nearing the halfway point in its count of the 2.1 million ballots cast. According to organizers, they will complete the audit in late June.