/ Modified oct 8, 2021 8:26 a.m.

House panel examines Arizona election review effects

Head of company hired to lead the election review was invited to the congressional hearing but did not attend.

Senate election audit The Arizona Senate's contractors count ballots from Maricopa County inside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum during May 2021.
Andrew Oxford/pool photo

Democratic members of a U.S. House committee questioned Arizona officials on the potential damage that a partisan review of the state’s 2020 election results had on trust in American elections.

Two Republican leaders of the county subjected to the recount testified in Washington on Thursday that they believed the damage was severe.

Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates called the failure to accept election results showing showing now-President Joe Biden beat Donald Trump “without a doubt the biggest threat to our democracy" in his lifetime.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee argued the GOP-controlled Arizona Senate's ”audit" found significant issues with how the election was run.

Doug Logan, the head of the company hired to conduct the election review, was invited to the hearing but did not attend.

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