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Arizona Senate to hand-count 2.1 million Maricopa ballots

Senate Republicans won a court order on Feb. 26 granting the Senate access to the ballots and tabulation machines.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, speaks to the media in Phoenix. Arizona's Republican Senate president said Wednesday, March 10, 2021, she has narrowed the search for a firm to do a full audit of the 2020 election results in the state's most populous county and plans to invite Democrats to participate in the process. Still, nearly two weeks after a judge sided with the Senate in a fight over access to ballots and elections equipment from Maricopa County's election, Senate President Fann said there are many details still to be worked out. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX — Republicans who control the Arizona Senate now say they intend to do a complete recount of 2.1 million ballots in the state’s most populous county to ensure that President Joe Biden’s November win was legitimate. 

Senate President Karen Fann had been pushing for a “full forensic audit” of Maricopa County’s election results and announced the recount plan Thursday. 

Senate Republicans won a court order on Feb. 26 granting the Senate access to the ballots and tabulation machines.

But she had never acknowledged until this week that she wanted a full recount, something state law doesn’t allow except in narrow circumstances.