PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Ken Bennett, who the Republican-controlled Senate hired to oversee the unprecedented election audit on Monday, said that he doesn't know how many of any of 2.1 million ballots have been counted because he's not given that information. "They don't release the number to me every day. And in fact, they haven't released a number to me yet," Bennett told Arizona's Family.
Bennett was referring to the private security firm, Cyber Ninjas, who was hired to conduct the controversial recount of all the votes cast in the 2020 election that President Joe Biden won.
Bennett, once again, said he did not know who was funding the audit, beyond the the $150,000 the Senate has promised to spend on an audit of an election that was decided six months ago.
The former secretary of state for Arizona also declined to reveal who has access to the audit's official account on Twitter. It's an account that's draw a lot of attention because it lashed out at politicians and reporters.
The lack of answers for basic question raised questions among some over how much oversight Bennett really has over a private security company, whose owner has reportedly made baseless claims on social media that the past election was rigged.
"The people have a right to know what its government is doing so it can evaluate the actions of its government and make decisions at the voting booth," said First Amendment attorney Dan Barr. "Ken Bennett does not provide any proof whatsoever that he is an active overseer of this process."