PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The former Arizona Secretary of State, hired by the Republican-controlled Senate to oversee its 2020 election audit, is now dismissing concerns about security lapses and other issue found so far.

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Last week, an Arizona's Family investigation found open doors and unfettered access to voting machines and ballots at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, the site of the audit.

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And on Friday, the first day of the count, an Arizona Republic reporter spotted auditors using blue pens, which is prohibited because the color could damage the ballot and skew the results.

Still, Ken Bennett, who is acting as a liaison for the GOP-led Senate on the recount, expressed his confidence in the company conducting the audit. "All I can speak to is the interaction that I've had with them since they've been on site and brought the people in to do this, and I am very impressed and pleased that they are qualified to do what they are doing," Bennett said Monday.

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Bennett is the former Secretary of State who once apologized for embarrassing Arizona for leading a conspiracy fueled investigation into the widely debunked claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

 

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