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Arizona Senate told DOJ Plan by election auditors to verify the validity of certain voters is onhold

Mark Brodie/KJZZ

The president of the Arizona Senate told the US Department of Justice Friday that a plan by-election auditors to verify the validity of certain voters is pending indefinitely.

“If and to the extent the Senate subsequently decides that canvassing is necessary to the successful completion of the audit, its vendor will implement detailed requirements to ensure that the canvassing is conducted in a manner that complies fully with the commands of the United States Constitution and federal and state civil rights laws,” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, told Pamela Karlan, a DOJ official, in a letter.

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican appointed by the Senate as the liaison to the audit, said on the audit site in Phoenix on Friday that he was not aware of the decision.

The Arizona Senate has ordered forensic audits after the 2020 elections. Fann said the commission wants "to achieve integrity in the electoral process."

The audit began in late April and should continue until mid-May, if not later.

Democrats alleged that the auditors may have violated state and federal law and attempted to block the audit, but a judge dismissed them for lack of evidence.

May 8, 2021

Mary Hill

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