The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is packed with Republicans, but these guys keep fighting the Arizona state Senate’s forensic audit of the presidential election from the very beginning. A few days ago, board members refused to turn over routers the Senate asked for. The board also said they don’t have the “passwords to access administrative control functions of election machines.”
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The Maricopa County audit team came across shocking information. “A directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle” is gone. It was deleted days before county election officials handed over the election equipment for the audit.
The news was all over social media and a screenshot on the Maricopa audit Twitter account shows that the data had been “modified” on April 12.
Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence! pic.twitter.com/mY0fmmFXAm
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 13, 2021
The team found that the database is gone. Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona State Senate, penned a letter for the chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers, asking for answers.
“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” she began. “This removes election-related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena. In addition, the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, ‘Results Tally and Reporting,’ is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database.
“This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed,” Fann wrote. “Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?”
“To date, attorneys for Maricopa County [Board of Supervisors] have refused to produce virtual images of routers used in connection with the general election, relying on a conclusory and unsupported assertion that providing the routers would somehow ‘endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, their operations, or the protected health information and personal data of Maricopa County’s citizens,’” Fann wrote.
“If true, the fact that Maricopa County stores on its routers substantial quantities of citizens’ and employees’ highly sensitive personal information is an alarming indictment of the County’s lax data security practices, rather than of the legislative subpoenas.
“Similarly, the County’s assertion that producing the internet routers for inspection would cost up to $6,000,000 seems at odds with Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue’s prior representation to Audit Liaison Ken Bennett that the routers already had been disconnected from the County’s network and were prepared for imminent delivery to the Senate,” she continued.
“Nevertheless, in an effort to resolve the dispute regarding production of the routers, we propose that agents of CyFIR, an experienced digital forensics firm and subcontractor of Cyber Ninjas, review virtual images of the relevant routers in Maricopa County facilities and in the presence of representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,” Fann wrote.
“Such an arrangement would permit Maricopa County to retain custody and monitor the review of router data, while ensuring that the Senate may access the information it requires — and to which it is constitutionally entitled — to successfully complete its audit. The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election.
“Separately, Maricopa County has refused to provide the passwords necessary to access vote tabulation devices,” she added. “Its attorneys’ insistence that the County does not have custody or control of this information is belied by the County’s conduct of its own audits, which, if they were as comprehensive as they purported to be, almost certainly would have entailed use of the passwords to examine the tabulation devices, and it strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion.”
Fann told Sellers that Cyber Ninjas had “become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots.” State Senate hired the independent contractor to assist in the audit.
On Wednesday, Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward discussed the shocking revelation.
WOW! Letter from Senate President @FannKfann to BOS regarding significant “irregularities” in Maricopa County. #AmericasAudit will help to restore #ElectionIntegrity & #VoterConfidence! pic.twitter.com/12RE2k2ZXk
— Dr. Kelli Ward (@kelliwardaz) May 13, 2021
Dr. Ward has been sharing video updates on every step of the audit. In another message delivered on Wednesday, Ward said the audit has sent Dems “into a total frenzy.” Oh, we know that.
“There is new information coming to light nearly every day as to how poorly the election in November was supervised in Maricopa County and in our state,” she told viewers.
“Election officials say they didn’t have access to passwords that are critical … critical equipment. But outside vendors like Dominion did. Routers weren’t secure and may have been used to allow access to a network of county offices,” Ward explained.
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire … So stay focused — there is plenty, plenty of news to come.”
America’s Audit: What the mainstream media isn’t telling you… Legal action imminent. Audit side benefit: questions of election office irregularities, breach of Voter ID information AZGOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz reports #AmericasAudit #FinishTheAudit #ElectionIntegrity pic.twitter.com/GZVeMAx2Wj
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) May 13, 2021
If this is true and the Board of Supervisors really deleted election data, some people will have to go to jail.
What were they hiding? They don’t want auditors to see the records.
Board members obstruct the audit and Democrats are doing their best to stop it.
Washington lawyer Marc Elias and other people appealed to the Department of Justice.
The eight-page missive also includes The Brennan Center for Justice, Protect Democracy and The Leadership Conference.
KNXV-TV reported that the DOJ will get involved in the audit. Last week, the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan penned a letter to Fann, expressing concern about ballot security and voter intimidation.
#BREAKING the DOJ Civil Rights Division has sent a letter to Senator Fann raising concerns over how the #azaudit is being conducted.
1. Election assets are not under the control of election officials.
2. Reports of door to door canvassing. pic.twitter.com/OaCWvyAM57
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) May 6, 2021
The Washington Post reported that the Senate has just signed a lease through the end of June so they can finish the audit.
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