Former President Trump Requests Security For Arizona Ballot Counters

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 7:50am

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The site of the Maricopa County ballot audit
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The site of the Maricopa County ballot audit at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on April 22, 2021.

Former President Donald Trump is requesting that Gov. Ducey provide large-scale security for the Arizona Senate GOP audit, which is taking place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

The statement requests either state police or the National Guard be deployed to defend those counting ballots. 

Arizona pollster Mike O’Neil of O’Neil Associates says security is needed at the coliseum, but not just to protect those counting the votes.

“Well, they do need security around it, but security also means to keep an eye on everybody, including the guys that are counting the votes,” said O’Neil.

Trump’s statement ends with, “Gov. Ducey must finally act,” and O’Neil says this may be a veiled criticism of Ducey’s handling of the 2020 election.

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