The Arizona Senate’s hand recount of 2.1 million ballots cast in the Maricopa County election in 2020 is expected to conclude by the end of this week, but auditors still have several other tasks to complete before they are finished.
Contractors hired by the Republican-led Senate were previously expected to be finished counting ballots by hand by mid-May but extended the contract with the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where the review is being conducted, to June 30 after audit overseers found it would take longer to complete the full recount.
“The counting will be done by the end of this week, and then the resources will shift to the paper evaluation,” Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett told reporters at the venue on Tuesday. “That may still take most of the rest of this month.”
Bennett, a former Republican secretary of state for Arizona, has been involved with the audit since it began on April 23. His comments on Tuesday signal the end to the visible hand recount that has required dozens of volunteers on the coliseum floor to count ballots for nearly six weeks.
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