Hobbs Says Subpoenaed Maricopa County Voting Equipment No Longer Usable

Hobbs Says Subpoenaed Maricopa County Voting Equipment No Longer Usable

Cyber Ninjas has no experience in elections work and is led by a man who promoted false, pro-Trump conspiracy theories last fall.

Democrats, including Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and some Republicans have criticized the way the Legislature's audit has been conducted and brought up two other audits that were previously conducted for the county board that showed no irregularities in the latest presidential election.

Voting machines from Arizona's most populous county should not be used in the future after state Senate Republicans forced officials to give them access for an audit of 2020 election results, the state's top elections official said Thursday.

She urged the county not to use the machine anymore and threatened to start a process that could lead to deauthorization. The devices, which were part of a wide-ranging subpoena of voting records by the Senate, are leased by the county elections department from Dominion Voting Systems as part of a three-year, $6.1 million contract, according to a spokeswoman for the county.

Millions of dollars worth of Maricopa's voting equipment used in the 2020 election - including nine tabulating machines used at a central counting facility and 385 precinct-based tabulators - were removed from a county facility and placed in the custody of Florida-based company Cyber Ninjas at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the review in late April. There are three one-year renewal options.

In her letter, Hobbs wrote that after the machines were handed over to the Senate and Cyber Ninjas, "it is unclear what, if any procedures were in place or followed to ensure physical security and proper chain of custody".

Hobbs said she understands the cost to replace the equipment could quickly add up, but "given the circumstances and ongoing concerns regarding the handling and security of the equipment, I believe the County can agree that this is the only path forward to ensure secure and accurate elections in Maricopa County in the future".

"There are real concerns about what the unaccredited "auditors" have done to Maricopa County's voting equipment, and whether the machines remain useable for future elections", Dominion said in a statement.

Fields Moseley, a spokesman for the oversight committee, said county lawyers were reviewing Hobbes' letter and advising board members before deciding how to respond.

Meanwhile, a data forensics consultant working on the audit is doubling down on his claim that an election database was deleted.

The Maricopa audit's Twitter account also posted Cotton's statement on May 19. It states that it was misunderstood. "I was able to recover the deleted databases through forensic data recovery processes", the statement said. He told senators that all data had been recovered.

"For confirmation: The" Database "directory of the EMS primary server was deleted and contained the voting database".

Further, county officials wrote in their response to Fann that: "Regardless, the failure of your so called "auditors" to locate data files on the copy they made of the County's server speaks more to their ineptitude than it does to the integrity and actions of our dedicated public employees who effectively and accurately run the elections in the fourth largest county in the United States". The problem they said would create the error message received by the auditor.

Cotton described for senators on Tuesday how he recovered the data, a process that aligned with the county's explanation, saying everything was accounted for.

"Because of the wrongful accusations that the County destroyed evidence, the County or its elected officers may now be subject to, or have, legal claims", Adel's letter said.

Gilbertson of the county Elections Department said the agency stands by its analysis and the directory was never deleted.

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