A draft report on a much-discussed review of the 2020 election results in Arizona’s largest county has been delayed by a Covid-19 outbreak in the team preparing the analysis, the Republican president of the Arizona state Senate said Monday.
The president, Senator Karen Fann, said in a statement that three people from the five-member team were “quite ill,” including Doug Logan, the chief executive of Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas, which is responsible for the assessment.
Part of the draft was due to be delivered to Ms. Fann on Monday, but the rest will await the recovery of the three team members. State Senate attorneys will begin reviewing the partial draft on Wednesday, Ms. Fann said, and more meetings will be needed before the review’s findings are made public.
The statement offered no indication of the contents of the partial design. Mr Logan and others involved in the assessment have previously claimed to have found irregularities in the official results of the November vote, but these allegations were debunked by election officials.
Mr. Logan’s company began reviewing 2.1 million ballots and election equipment from Maricopa County, including Phoenix, in April on behalf of the Republican majority in the State Senate. Ms. Fann has said the review was conducted to address claims of voter fraud by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump, although there is no evidence of widespread fraud. She has also said President Biden’s narrow victories in both province and state would remain official regardless of the findings.
Ms Fann and other supporters of the review have argued that it was thorough and impartial. But a range of election experts and Maricopa County’s Republican-led leadership have denounced the exercise from the start, citing haphazard ballot processing and counting rules and lax security.
Supporters’ claims for an impartial review have been broadly rejected. mr. Logan spread conspiracy theories on Twitter last year about a rigged Arizona election; his firm recruited volunteers for the review through Republican organizations; and virtually the entire cost of the exercise has been borne by conservative groups who support Mr Trump.
On Monday, Mrs. Fann said the draft report was further delayed because images of ballot envelopes demanded from Maricopa County election officials were not delivered until Thursday. A final report, she said, will not be released until after a final meeting “to continue checking for accuracy, clarity and evidence of documentation of findings.”