The results of an audit of the 2020 Arizona presidential election will be revealed on Friday, five months after its launch at the initiative of Republican elected officials who control the southwestern state Senate.
It is difficult to know for the moment whether this epilogue will put an end to the accusations of fraud raised by the camp of former President Donald Trump.
Originally, the state’s Republican elected officials struggled to understand the defeat of the former president in the electoral district of Maricopa, the most populous county in this state with more than 7 million inhabitants.
According to official results, Mr. Biden, a Democrat, beat Mr. Trump, a Republican, in Arizona by a margin of just over 10,000 votes. Since 1952, only one Democrat has so far won Arizona: Bill Clinton in 1996.
Across the country, however, a wide range of electoral experts and even some Republican officials have rejected the audit in advance, which is seen as a partisan attempt by contractors without relevant expertise. Indeed, the audit is managed by Cyber Ninjas, a private company which has no previous experience of auditing elections.
Even so, the report is eagerly awaited by Mr. Trump’s allies.
Mr Trump himself predicted that the report would provide evidence that he was correct in talking about fraud.
The long-awaited recount has divided the state’s main Republicans, with Trump loyalists pitted against Maricopa County officials who have repeatedly defended the election results as accurate. An official recount also confirmed Joe Biden’s victory.
“No one stole the Maricopa County elections”, said Stephen Richer, a Republican who says he campaigned for Donald Trump and voted for the former president.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, also released ahead of time a 122-page statement criticizing the audit for its delays and shortcomings in security, transparency and accountability. organization.
The audit team will present its report to Arizona Senate Speaker Karen Fann and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen, both Republicans. The ceremony will be broadcast live, a statement said.