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AUDIT UPDATE: ‘Potentially Thousands’ of Duplicated Ballots Discovered


An Arizona state official said Thursday that the Maricopa County audit results revealed “potentially thousands” of missing serial numbers on copied ballots that were duplicates of damaged originals.

In a state Senate hearing on Thursday, Senate Liaison Ken Bennett explained the ballot duplication process. 

“If a ballot gets damaged and has to be sent to duplication, there is a very specific process in the [state] elections procedure manual,” he said. The process involves applying matching serial numbers to both original and duplicated ballots, per Just the News

“We found, I would have to say, thousands of duplicate ballots where those serial numbers are not on them,” he said. “And so it has created great difficulty to try to match up a duplicated ballot to its duplicate.” 

“One of the most important things you need to do when you duplicate ballots is reflect the serial number on [the two ballots] so that you can do two main things,” he said. “One, make sure you have one for every one of the other and two, make sure that you can look at the votes reflected on the duplicated ballot to make sure they reflected those correctly from the ballot that was damaged and was duplicated.”

Meanwhile, as also reported by Just the News, Arizona republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers called for a new 2020 presidential election Thursday, and demanded officials “decertify” the previous results.

“I call for the Biden electors to be recalled to Arizona & a new election must be conducted,” Rogers tweeted. “Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right.”