Inside Arizona's Election Audit, GOP Fraud Fantasies Live On

May 10, 2021

The aging Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix once played host to NBA games, roller derby and wrestling matches. 

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. The audit, ordered by the Arizona Senate, has the U.S. Department of Justice saying it is concerned about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the unprecedented private recount of the 2020 presidential election results.
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Now the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election is being tested there. Former President Donald Trump and a legion of his supporters hope evidence will emerge during an audit of Maricopa County ballots to prove their claims of fraud. But the effort and questions about who's providing funding for it have alarmed voting rights advocates, election administrators and civil rights lawyers at the Justice Department. A former Republican Arizona attorney general who became a Democrat during Trump’s presidency says, “They lost, and they can’t get over it."