Despite the results of the discredited forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County, Arizona, Pennsylvania Republicans are going full steam ahead on a similar audit.
A Republican-led review of 2 million ballots in Arizona’s most populous county confirmed last September that Joe Biden won the county in the 2020 election.
In fact, Biden picked up 360 additional votes as the results were announced. Now we learn that Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired to conduct the Arizona review, has been ordered to pay $50,000 a day until it turns over records from the review sought by The Arizona Republic newspaper. The company is in disarray to the point where it has told the court it has no way to find the records. Earlier this month, a superior court judge in Maricopa County found the Florida-based company in contempt of court because it failed to follow his order to hand over the records. Now comes the startling part of the story that has largely flown under the national press’ radar: A Cyber Ninjas attorney said the company has laid off all employees, including its former Chief Executive Officer Doug Logan, and is now insolvent. A company spokesman said Cyber Ninjas is shutting down. Maricopa County officials concluded that the 2020 election was handled properly, that there was no fraud and that Biden had carried the county by more than 45,000 votes that helped give him Arizona’s 11 electoral votes.
Before Arizona Republicans awarded the contract to Cyber Ninjas, former President Donald Trump hailed the Arizona audit and promised it would show that he, not Biden, won the state and would uncover widespread fraud. Of course, that didn’t happen. Quite the opposite frankly. After the results were announced in September refuting his allegations, Trump had the audacity at a rally the next day in Georgia to say “We won on the Arizona forensic audit at a level that you wouldn’t believe.
They had headlines that Biden wins in Arizona when they know it’s not true.”.
This embarrassment in Arizona has not deterred Republican legislators here from moving forward with a similar audit despite howls of protests from Democrats, good government groups and lawsuits filed by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania State Department.