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Arizona auditors backtrack, say no election data destroyed

Election 2020 Arizona Audit
Posted at 8:25 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 23:25:31-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Firms hired to run a partisan audit of the 2020 election for Senate Republicans in Arizona said Tuesday that data was not destroyed, reversing earlier allegations that election officials eliminated evidence.

The claim of deleted databases was amplified by former President Donald Trump and his supporters, who believe conspiracy theories about election irregularities.

On Tuesday, a data expert working on the audit team told senators he had recovered all data.

The revelation came a day after officials in Arizona's most populated county released a scathing letter saying the auditors couldn't find the data because they weren't looking in the right place.