Arizona Senate President Karen Fann announced this week that Maricopa County’s ballot tabulation part of the election audit is complete and the 2.1 million ballots will now be sent to labs for analysis.
“The counting of the ballots is complete and they are being returned to Maricopa County,” Fann said in a tweet. “Now we wait for the draft and final reports. Ken Bennett will be an important part of those reports.” Ken Bennett is the Republican former Secretary of State of Arizona as well as the state Senate’s current audit liaison.
Just days after the final step of the audit was completed, two major Twitter accounts affiliated with the 2020 election audit in Maricopa County were suspended on Tuesday for allegedly violating Twitter’s rules.
The accounts, @TheAuditWarRoom and @ArizonaAudit, are two outlets that focused on updating the public on the current audit status. They also often criticized the handling of the 2020 presidential election. Twitter said the accounts were permanently suspended for violating their rules regarding platform manipulation and spam.
State Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, and other vocal supporters of the Arizona audit, have criticized Twitter’s move to suspend the audit accounts, slamming Big Tech’s attempt at silencing anyone who supports election audits.
“Follow me on Telegram and Gab for when I am booted. I will be next,” said Rogers.
But Twitter did not stop at the two Arizona-based audit accounts. On the same day, Twitter also suspended other accounts providing updates on election audits across the country. The “Audit War Room” accounts for Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Georgia were also removed from the platform.
Although Twitter is clearly attempting to those who support election integrity, they may find it increasingly difficult to do so as the audit nears completion.
According to a July 29 update, Maricopa County Elections Department said that they are in the process of picking up nearly 2.1 million 2020 General Election ballots and other subpoenaed items.
“One thing we know, the state senate has long said that they do not want a drip, drip, drip, of information from the audit,” said Ward. “No leaks. They want the final report to be given and it be an accurate account. Now, we know the fake news loves to distract from the truth of this full forensic audit. So take everything, everything you hear, with a grain of salt.”
Arizona officials expect a final report of the Maricopa County audit by the end of August.