PHOENIX (KNXV) — Nearly six months after it started, and at a cost of $5.7 million, the findings of a forensic audit of the 2020 Maricopa County presidential election will be released Friday.
The first draft of the audit report was circulated on Thursday. It was published in its entirety on September 23. Scripps station ABC15 obtained the draft copy through a public records request to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, which matched multiple copies the station received independently.
The draft of the forensic audit’s hand-count totals of paper ballots was not substantially different than Maricopa County’s official numbers. In both counts, Biden wins.
Other concerns include whether voters voted twice, or if they were not using their current address for voting. It also makes suggestions on how to make improvements to Arizona’s election system. Some claims, such as bamboo paper ballots being imported from China, were not supported by the report.
Maricopa County’s failure to provide all the information requested by them was a continuing issue for the auditors.
The auditors will present their findings to the state Senate at 1 p.m. on Friday.
This release comes almost a year since President Biden won the 2020 elections.