An auditor working on the 2020 election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona says he has recovered files that were deleted from a server.
Ben Cotton reported that data from an allegedly deleted database is now accessible.
Meantime, Maricopa County officials implied the files had not been deleted.
In a tweet, the County wrote: “Just want to underscore that AZ Senate’s @ArizonaAudit account accused Maricopa County of deleting files- which would be a crime- then a day after our technical letter explained they were just looking in the wrong place- all of a sudden ‘auditors’ have recovered the files.”
The allegedly missing "main database" was referenced in an earlier letter that the President of the state Senate wrote to Maricopa County.
Officials say the purpose of the current audit is not to attempt to overturn election results, but to derive lessons learned for next time.
- Arizona is one of several important states where Donald Trump enjoyed an initial lead, only to have it disappear as questioned mail-in, dropbox, and absentee votes were counted.
- The vast majority of votes cast in Arizona, 2.1 million of nearly 3.4 million ballots, were cast in one county: Maricopa.
- According to the official tally, Biden beat Trump by 10,457 votes, or 0.3 percent.
- Over 70,000 more people voted in Maricopa County in 2020 than in 2016.
- Biden is only the second Democrat to win Arizona in 70 years.