After the Arizona Democrats and the Arizona Senate reached a settlement that the firm conducting the Maricopa County audit would not verify signatures on mail-in ballots without a prior agreement from the Arizona Democratic Party, Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward said she “certainly” hopes Cyber Ninjas will obtain such an agreement, citing a previous examination of a small sample of ballots that saw between 6% and 11% of signatures were “unlikely to be a match.”
Yesterday, National File reported that the Arizona Democratic Party reached a settlement with the Arizona Senate and the firm conducting the Maricopa County audit, Cyber Ninjas, that requires Cyber Ninjas to obtain agreement from the Democrats to begin examining whether signatures on mail-in ballot envelopes match the voter’s on-file signature. In a video update posted yesterday night, Ward revealed that this is not currently being done, and was not stopped, as the Democrats suggested in a press release, but said that she hopes the process of verifying signatures will be part of the audit.
According to Ward, the settlement states that “Cyber Ninjas will give a 48 hour notice if they want to begin signature verification on absentee ballots. That’s not currently being done,” added Ward. “I certainly hope it will be based on what we saw right after the election, when the court allowed our team to examine 100 signatures, and 6-11% of that small, small sample was thought to be unlikely to be a match by handwriting experts.”
There's a lot of fake news out there on America's Audit. Watch Arizona Chairwoman @kelliwardaz who's led the @AZGOP fight for a forensic audit from day one, and get the Straight Talk you want to hear. #AmericasAudit #FinishTheAudit pic.twitter.com/lTTgv8AXP3
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) May 6, 2021
Ward appears to be referring to one set of 200 ballots that a court allowed to be reviewed last December. While the 100 mail-in ballots suggested a discrepancy in signatures on file from voters and those on the envelopes containing votes cast by mail, the other 100 ballots suggested issues in duplication of damaged ballots that could have possibly swung the election.
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