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Arizona Senate assures feds on recount

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican president of the Arizona Senate said in a letter Friday to the U.S. Justice Department that ballots being recounted from November’s presidential election are secure and the department’s worries about voter intimidation are unfounded. The letter from Senate President Karen Fann came two days after the head of the department’s Civil Rights Division sought assurances from the Senate that 2.1 million ballots from the state’s most populous county are being secured as federal law requires. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan also warned Fann that the Senate’s plan to have the contractor overseeing the unprecedented election audit contact voters could amount to illegal voter intimidation.

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