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Maricopa County 2020 Election Audit To Cost $150,000

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The Republican-controlled state Senate last week announced it had hired four firms to audit millions of ballots cast in Maricopa County during the November election. The company leading the effort will be paid $150,000. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The Florida-based cyber-security company Cyber Ninjas will direct the audit of all 2.1 million ballots cast in the county. According to a statement of work obtained by KNAU, the company’s fee will include an examination of the entire voting process, including a forensic audit and full recount. They’ll issue a report in about 60 days.

Three other firms will assist with the audit, but it isn’t clear what those companies will be paid. According to the Senate Republican Caucus, the Cyber Ninjas fee will be the audit’s total cost to the Senate.

The company says the work will be nonpartisan. But last week it was revealed that a now-deleted Twitter account appearing to belong to CEO Doug Logan had shared memes in support of unfounded conspiracy theories casting doubt on President Joe Biden’s victory.

Two previous audits in Maricopa County showed no malicious software or incorrect counting equipment, and that the machines weren’t connected to the internet.

Ryan Heinsius was named interim news director and managing editor in January 2024. He joined KNAU's newsroom as an executive producer in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Public Media Journalists Association Award winner, and a frequent contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and national newscast.
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