The Republican chair of Maricopa County
's Board of Supervisors in Arizona
has called the partisan, highly contentious GOP-led recount
“We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country,” Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer tweeted on Saturday.
This is insane. I'm literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen right now. As a party. As a state. As a country. This is as easily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don't call this out... pic.twitter
.com/5tDy1wsZg6— Stephen Richer — County Recorder (personal acct) (@stephen_richer) May 15, 2021
According to the local Daily Independent, Board of Supervisors Chair Jack Sellers called the Cyber Ninjas
company hired by the GOP-dominated state Senate
to scrutinize the 2.1 million county ballots "way over their heads."
Sellers launched an attack
on the company in a statement Thursday after the state Senate informed him that Cyber Ninjas, which has no experience with elections
or vote counts, expressed early concerns about "issues" with the ballots.
Sellers dismissed the concerns as "false and misguided."
“The contractors hired by the Senate President are not auditors and are not certified by the United States Election Assistance Commission
,” he wrote. “It’s becoming clearer by the day: the people
hired by the Senate are in way over their heads. This is not funny; it’s dangerous.”
It's the latest indication that the increasingly shady recount is tearing Republicans
“It makes us look like idiots,” said suburban Phoenix GOP state Sen. Paul Boyer earlier this week. “I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point.”
Sellers launched his attack just as a crush of ballots was being loaded unsupervised onto trucks to be moved to storage from the recount operation at a local coliseum to make way for graduation ceremonies (the recount was supposed to be completed Friday). Critics of the operation fear that countless ballots have already been altered, lost, stolen, or trashed.
Cyber Ninjas is owned and operated by right-wing conspiracy theorist Doug Logan, a follower of the "big lie
" that the presidential election was rigged against Donald Trump
. He retweeted messages months ago claiming that any audit of the Arizona vote would inevitably reveal hundreds of thousands of votes
operatives from Cyber Ninjas are inspecting ballots with ultra violet light in a bizarre search for bamboo fibers, which Logan believes would indicate that ballots were sent from China
Only Democratic-won races are being audited, and one of the auditors is a Trump-backing former state legislator who was present at the Capitol riot
Early this week, state Senate President Karen Fann called on Maricopa County to respond to a mysterious allegation that a “database directory” had been deleted from election systems being subpoenaed by Senate Republicans. Trump pounced on the tweet in an overheated post on his own blog, prompting Richer’s “unhinged” criticism.
Sellers denounced the Senate's tweet as "outrageous, completely baseless, and beneath the dignity of the Arizona Senate," and demanded an immediate retraction.
After several recounts failed to find any irregularities, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey certified the Arizona vote nearly six months ago. Democrat Joe Biden
defeated Trump by 10,457 votes in the state, and by more than 2 percentage points – approximately 45,000 votes – in Maricopa County.
Trump recently told guests at his Mar-a-Lago
club in Florida
that Cyber Ninjas-discovered votes for him could be his ticket back to the White House