Falsified Arizona election audit report posted on far-right website
A falsified version of Cyber ââNinjas’ draft report on the 2020 election contains false information, according to CEO Doug Logan.
Logan, who led the scrutiny of the ballot for Arizona Senate Republicans, said he never recommended the decertification of the Maricopa County election in 2020, which is included in an amended version of the Logan’s report published on the far-right outlet The Gateway Pundit.
The revised version states that “57,734 ballots with serious problems were identified during the audit” and, therefore, “the election should not be certified and the results reported are unreliable”.
Logan’s actual exam results did not point to a problem with this number of ballots and showed no evidence of fraud. The manual ballot count confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in the county.
Logan’s final report raised questions about 53,305 ballots, although he repeatedly notes in the report that there may be explanations for the discrepancies he found, affecting a fairly even distribution of Republican, Democratic and Independent voters, undeclared or third parties.
The county, for its part, offered an explanation on social media as Logan presented the report to state Senate leaders on Friday.
Logan told The Arizona Republic on Monday that the version of the report posted on the far-right media website “is not what I ever wrote, and it was never part of our projects reviewed with the Senate”.
Logan said in a press release Tuesday that the claim that it was his language, but that it was watered down due to alleged threats from the Senate, is “absolutely false.”
Logan told The Republic he didn’t know where the draft report came from, but believes it was written by “someone who contributed to the report at some point.”
âThe fact that some languages ââare shared means that they probably reviewed the summary I wrote,â Logan said. âNo copy of the summary written by me ever directly stated that the election should not be certified or should be decertified. Personally, I don’t think it is my role to make that call or even that suggestion. is something that should be determined by the Legislature My job was to relay the facts uncovered during the audit and advise on legislative reform.
Logan also said he didn’t write the line on the â57,734 ballotsâ and didn’t know where that number came from.
Gateway Pundit wrote that he obtained the draft he published of “Byrne,” without providing a first name. A nonprofit created by Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock, paid Cyber ââNinjas $ 3.3 million in July to perform the audit.
Byrne told The Republic that he did not provide the project to The Gateway Pundit.
He said he believed Logan’s final report called into question “several hundred thousand votes.”
Senate President Karen Fann told The Republic on Tuesday that the Senate had never seen a project with a recommendation not to certify the election and that no senator had been involved in creating any projects.
Fann and Logan have repeatedly stated that the election review, initiated by Fann and another Republican senator, was not aimed at decertifying the election.
Meanwhile, Byrne and other audit funders have said if the audit turns out to be fraudulent, the presidential election should be called off.
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