A few more #azauditpool updates before I am kicked out at 1.

Randy Pullen says that more than 1.7M of 2.1M ballots have been counted.
Randy Pullen is giving a tour to:

Vernon Jones, candidate for Georgia governor

with him are his chief of staff Heather Wallace and Bernard Kerik, former NYC police commissioner during Giuliani’s term.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones gave a press conference about an hour ago. He got confrontational with me when asked if he would support an audit that was being funded by Democrats and workers recruited by Democrats. I will share clips here
GA gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones asked me repeatedly what facts I have to know whether @christina_bobb is fundraising for the Arizona audit. I said she has announced it. She was there and did not say anything.
Bernie Kerik, former NYC police commissioner who is to his left says he doesn’t care who is funding it.

He and GA gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones laugh when I say that private money is paying for a public audit. Not sure why that’s funny.

His left, our right. Jones on left, Kerik on right. Sorry for the confusion.

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9 Jun
One more update for #azauditpool... I saw @AZKellyT in the press box giving an interview with @christina_bobb. I asked her to talk and she said she would only talk about federal-only voting, which she believes need to be changed in Arizona.
I will put the transcript of that interview in the press pool notes. Basically, she says that people who vote on the "federal only" ballot should have to provide more identification to prove that they can vote. Says current law makes it easy for them to vote under fake name.
Townsend said this audit is not separating federal-only ballots for inspection. She said she wasn't here to visit the audit but to give an interview with @christina_bobb about federal-only voting.
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9 Jun
Here's a few more updates for the #azauditpool, from Randy Pullen:

They are focused more on the ballot inspection now. They have 24 more empty ballot inspection tables with equipment and workers coming either later today or tomorrow. That would add to 32 going right now.
They are inspecting about 80,000 ballots a day. They have estimated they need to inspect about 60,000 a day to make it by the June 30 deadline.

I committed a cardinal sin & forgot to ask how many they had counted & inspected as of today. Will ask if Randy comes back, he might.
We talked a lot about what they are doing at the paper inspection tables. I know for sure:
- They are looking at the filled-in bubble for the presidential race to see whether it was filled in by a machine or human.
- They are looking at the edge of the ballot...
Read 6 tweets
9 Jun
I’m back at the coliseum as the pool reporter this morning. Very apparent that there has been a shift since last week from focusing on counting to focusing on ‘inspecting.’ #azauditpool
@JanPostmaUSA is here in the press box, too. He works for Dutch media orgs. Everybody send your welcome. This is definitely gaining international attention the last few weeks.
There are 20 counting tables up and running.

There are 29 inspecting tables up and running.

There are 9 orange shirt observers and I don't see anyone from the Secretary of State's office this morning. #azauditpool
Read 7 tweets
9 Jun
For all the claims of liberal bias & inaccurate reporting by legitimate news orgs covering this audit, you would assume AZ Senate leaders & contractors would be hammering us with correction requests.

I have received none. I don’t believe my colleagues @azcentral have, either.
I know I just jinxed myself. Mistakes happen and with all the details related to this audit, I’m sure they will happen here. But not purposefully, and we are transparent in correcting them when they do.

I owe a lot to...
I owe a lot to my direct editor who has followed this just as closely as I have and is there to catch mistakes before they go to print...
Read 5 tweets
2 Jun
The ballot hand count is getting so much attention but there's so much more to this audit like "copies of voting system data was sent to a lab in Montana"

what lab?
what data?
who has access?
what protections are there to secure that network?

Alright, here's my wormhole for tonight, Twitter. Montana. We know that CyFIR is one of Cyber Ninja's subcontractors and CEO Ben Cotton is the one that made the "deleted files" claim.

This lists Cotton as CEO of CyTech Services in Big Fork, Montana.
Bigfork is a vacationers hub of Kalispell, in northern Montana. Fairly remote, lots of cabins. I was there like 3 years ago for a reporting project talking about how lots of people are moving there because it's pretty.
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1 Jun
People of twitter to me: 📢📢📢 Stop calling this an audit! It's not an audit!

Me: Hey professional auditors, is this an audit?

MOST (but not all!) auditors I spoke to said this should not be called an audit. Here's their main points.

1. For professional auditors, objectivity is 'basis for the credibility'

This audit is not objective. It is partisan.
2. The auditors have what they need for a full and proper investigation.

The county has refused to give the Senate's contractors with information they themselves have said was crucial to the investigation.
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