Arizona’s Republicans are seeking to clarify the validity of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County through a comprehensive forensic audit of the state’s populous county, but Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) described their audit as an “effort to subvert democracy.”
“What is happening in Maricopa County is not an ‘audit,’ Cheney wrote in a tweet on Friday, June 11. “It is an effort to subvert democracy.”
Cheney slammed the audit as Republican-controlled Senate in Arizona is overseeing the audit of more than 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County last year.
Arizona Senate leadership said on its website that this is an independent audit, which will validate every area of the voting process to ensure the integrity of the vote. The scope of work will include but is not limited to scanning all the ballots, a full manual recount, auditing the registration and votes cast, the vote counts, and the electronic voting system.
It is also understandable why the Republicans are conducting the audit. Democrat candidate Joe Biden won Arizona narrowly over Republican candidate Donald Trump by less than 11,000 votes, becoming the first Democrat to win the state since 1996. In Maricopa County, Biden won 49.81% of the vote, compared to Trump’s 47.65%.
Cheney’s remarks are her latest antagonism against Trump since she voted to impeach the former president earlier this year.
Her impeachment vote, plus her repeated criticism against Trump, cost her the leadership position as House GOP Conference chairwoman.
Trump has warned that American Patriots’ efforts in the Arizona election audit would face a “demean and destroy campaign,” particularly from the Democrats.
The 2020 election audit in Maricopa County caught the attention of Pennsylvania Republicans who visited Arizona to learn about the ongoing audit and start a similar audit in their home state.