The Arizona Senate’s Partisan Audit of Maricopa County Election Results

Efforts to undermine the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona culminated in an "audit" of votes cast in Maricopa County. The discredited effort was instigated by a partisan majority in the state legislature, involved a number of right-wing conspiracy theorists, and — as expected — failed to uncover any evidence of a fraudulent election.

Baseless lies about widespread voter fraud and false allegations of a “stolen” 2020 presidential election have inflamed mistrust in democracy and provided the political fuel for hundreds of proposals across the country to enact new barriers to voting. These efforts to undermine the election have been especially conspicuous in Arizona, where voter fraud conspiracies are behind a state Senate–led push to conduct a partisan “audit” of votes cast in Maricopa County, which was won by President Joe Biden. 

The audit was not based on any evidence of widespread voter fraud, in Maricopa County or elsewhere. In fact, an independent audit in February 2021 confirmed that the ballots in the county had been tabulated accurately and that there were no irregularities with the election equipment or software.

After the 2020 election, Senate President Karen Fann and then-Arizona Sen. Eddie Farnsworth issued subpoenas to Maricopa County for the 2.1 million ballots as well as election machines and other materials. Those subpoenas were re-upped in January 2021 by Fann and state Sen. Warren Petersen, who replaced Farnsworth as chair of the Judiciary Committee. County officials argued that turning over the ballots would violate state law, but in late February a judge ruled that the county must turn them over, leading to confusion when the Senate did not have a place lined up to safely store them.  

On March 31, 2021, Fann announced that the audit team would be led by the firm Cyber Ninjas. The founder of Cyber Ninjas, Doug Logan, had repeatedly circulated lies that the 2020 election was rigged and vocally supported the “Stop the Steal” movement, including by attacking Dominion Voting Systems and retweeting conspiracy theories. Moreover, the statement of work signed by Cyber Ninjas indicated that the company planned to engage in direct contact with Arizona voters, the subject of a legal challenge from the group Protect Democracy. Records later obtained by American Oversight in June contained a report dated March 1 that indicated that a group called the Citizens’ Non-Partisan Grassroots project had canvassed more than 3,000 homes in Maricopa and Pima Counties; in early May, the Justice Department warned that such canvassing could violate federal law.

Arizona supporters of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him had been stoking fears about voter fraud for months in an attempt to undermine a valid democratic election. On Nov. 30, 2020, Rudy Giuliani and several Arizona lawmakers — including state Rep. Mark Finchem, one of the leaders of the effort to overturn the state’s election results — held an unofficial “hearing” in Phoenix in which participants made unsubstantiated allegations about the election’s integrity. Trump supporters also submitted a phony Arizona electoral vote certificate to Congress, a copy of which was obtained by American Oversight along with illegitimate certificates from six other states. 

Other records that American Oversight obtained in June 2021 contained emails revealing Fann’s frequent contact with Giuliani in the weeks after the election, including one message to a constituent in late December in which Fann said she had received “a personal call from President Trump thanking us for pushing to prove any fraud.”

Like Trump’s hollow voter-fraud commission and the voter-fraud task forces created in advance of the 2020 election, the state Senate’s “audit” of Maricopa County votes was yet another official action that was purportedly about election “integrity” but in reality served a narrow political agenda — in this case, the continuation of the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen.  

Recognizing that aggressive oversight was needed, American Oversight filed public records requests for the audit-related communications of Fann, Petersen, Farnsworth, and Finchem — including with Trump attorneys, Maricopa elections officials, and contractors like Cyber Ninjas — as well as for copies of any contracts with companies like Cyber Ninjas to provide services relevant to the audit.

On May 19, 2021, we filed a lawsuit after the Arizona Senate failed to release many of the requested records. Over the summer, multiple courts ruled in American Oversight’s favor and ordered the Senate to release the documents — including files in the possession of Cyber Ninjas — to the public.

In January 2022, the court ordered Logan to sit for a deposition, during which he doubled down on his refusal to release his company’s documents, maintaining that the records were not public. Logan also reported that Cyber Ninjas had shut down and laid off its employees. In February, the Arizona Supreme Court agreed to hear the state Senate’s appeal of lower court rulings rejecting the Senate’s overly broad claim of legislative privilege, which it had attempted to use to justify withholding records.

In May, the Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the state Senate’s appeal of lower court rulings rejecting the Senate’s overly broad claim of legislative privilege, which it had attempted to use to justify withholding records. That same month, Cyber Ninjas began turning over to the Senate documents in its possession. The records contained service agreements for subcontractors that revealed more details about the high cost of the “audit,” as well as communications highlighting the significant role played by prominent election deniers in recruiting “audit” volunteers.

Through the course of our investigation, we’ve also obtained records further evidencing the review’s roots in efforts to overturn the 2020 results as well as the involvement of election conspiracy theorists in the planning and execution of the “audit.” Records also detail its connections to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — two states that have since launched their own partisan election reviews — and show how many of the same activists and Big Lie proponents are working across state lines.

While tens of thousands of pages have been produced in compliance with the court orders, thousands more have not yet been released. American Oversight is continuing to pursue the release of all of the requested “audit” records.

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July 22, 2021
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July 15, 2021
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July 9, 2021
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July 1, 2021
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June 22, 2021
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June 17, 2021
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June 10, 2021
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June 3, 2021
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May 27, 2021
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May 24, 2021
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May 20, 2021
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American Oversight Sues Arizona Senate to Release Audit Records to the Public

May 19, 2021
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May 7, 2021
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April 30, 2021
Conspiracy theorists, former President Trump himself, and supporters of his lie that the election was stolen continue to cling to the “audit” in Maricopa County as another potential way to overturn the vote.

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April 8, 2021
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April 6, 2021
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FOIA Request
July 7, 2021

Records Request to Alaska House of Representatives for Records Related to Rep. Eastman’s Arizona “Audit” Trip

Alaska House of Representatives
FOIA Request
July 7, 2021

Records Request to Colorado House of Representatives for Records Related to Rep. Hanks’ Arizona “Audit” Trip

Colorado House of Representatives
FOIA Request
July 1, 2021

Arizona Senate Records of Former Sen. Farnsworth’s Communications Regarding Maricopa County “Audit”

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
June 28, 2021

Arizona Senate Communications for Sen. Fann Regarding Elections Investigations

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
June 28, 2021

Arizona Senate Communications with Pennsylvania Legislators Regarding Maricopa County Visit

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
June 22, 2021

Arizona Senate Records Containing Communications Related to Maricopa County ‘Audit’

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
June 21, 2021

Arizona Senate Email Communications Regarding Maricopa County Partisan ‘Audit’

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
June 21, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Legislature Seeking Specified Members’ Communications with External Parties

Arizona House of Representatives, Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
June 16, 2021

Records Request to Utah House of Representatives for Records Related to Rep. Christiansen’s Arizona “Audit” Visit

Utah House of Representatives
FOIA Request
June 8, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate Seeking Contracts Concerning Investigations into 2020 Election Results

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
June 8, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate Seeking Communications with Senate Liaisons

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
June 8, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate for Communications with Liaisons Regarding 2020 Election Investigations

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
June 8, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate Seeking Communications with Pennsylvania Legislators Regarding Maricopa County Visit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
June 8, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate Seeking Sen. Fann’s Communications Regarding Elections Investigations

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
June 4, 2021

Arizona Senate Records of ‘Audit’ Spokesman Ken Bennett’s Files

Agency Record
May 25, 2021

Records Request to Phoenix Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Regarding Security for Election Audit

Arizona - Phoenix Police Department
FOIA Request
May 24, 2021

Arizona Senate Email Communications of Sen. Fann Regarding Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
May 10, 2021

Arizona Rep. Finchem Communications with ‘Stop the Steal Affiliates’ Containing Key Terms About Maricopa County Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
Agency Record
May 10, 2021

Arizona Rep. Finchem Security Contractor Communications About Maricopa County Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
Agency Record
May 10, 2021

Arizona Rep. Finchem Email Communications Containing Key Terms Related to Maricopa County Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
Agency Record
May 10, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate Seeking Records Regarding the Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 30, 2021

Records of Contractual Documents from Office of Arizona Sen. Fann Related to Election ‘Audit’

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
April 9, 2021

Records Request to Security Company Cyber Ninjas Seeking Documents Relevant to Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 7, 2021

Arizona Senate Contract Records with Security Company Cyber Ninjas Related to Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
Agency Record
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Petersen for Contractual Documents Regarding Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate for Contracts Related to Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Fann Seeking Communications Regarding Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Petersen Seeking Communications Regarding Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate for Former Sen. Farnsworth’s Communications Regarding Maricopa County “Audit”

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Rep. Finchem Seeking Communications Regarding Maricopa County Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Fann for Communications with Specific Security Companies About Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Petersen for Communications with Specific Security Companies About Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate for Sen. Farnsworth’s Communications with Specific Security Companies About Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Rep. Finchem for Communications with Specific Security Companies About Maricopa County Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Fann for Communications with GOP Officials and Trump Attorneys Regarding Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Petersen for Communications with GOP Officials and Trump Attorneys Regarding Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate for Former Sen. Farnsworth’s Communications with GOP Officials Regarding Maricopa County Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Rep. Finchem for Communications with GOP Officials or Trump Attorneys Regarding Maricopa County Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Fann for Communications with Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Regarding Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Petersen for Communications with Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Regarding Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Senate for Former Sen. Farnsworth’s for Communications with Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Regarding Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Rep. Finchem Seeking for Communications with Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Regarding Election Audit

Arizona House of Representatives
FOIA Request
April 6, 2021

Records Request to Arizona Sen. Fann for Contractual Documents Regarding Maricopa County Election Audit

Arizona Senate
FOIA Request