Arizona News – May 17, 2021

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ELECTION 2020

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(H/T VV) Anglen & Randazzo: Arizona Senate considers expanding audit of Maricopa County ballots to all races
Audit organizers now say they want to test county voting machines by examining results from all of the races. “We are looking with other companies to do a machine tabulation of all the races on the ballot to compare with the Dominion tabulation back in November,” said Ken Bennett, who is serving as the Senate’s audit liaison. “We will be looking at the images of all 2.1 million ballots.” The examination would not involve a physical recount like the one underway at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Rather, it would be a separate audit using digital images of each ballot, Bennett said.
Read more at Law Rose Group Reporter.

Neff: Questions Linger About Hack Of Maricopa County Election Website Given Pushback On Router Access
Loftus has been following the Senate’s ongoing audit of how Maricopa County conducted the last general election. That includes the debate about whether any of the Dominion Voting System equipment was ever connected to the internet, either knowingly or surreptitiously.[…] Loftus also said more questions should be asked about the “intrusion” someone committed last fall into the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office website. County officials acknowledged in December that the FBI was notified when staff members determined someone breached the website between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. […] A search warrant executed by the FBI in November at the Fountain Hills home of an IT professional led to the seizure of multiple computers, hard drives, memories, and other items. No additional information has been released by county officials, and requests for comment from the FBI or the U.S. Attorney’s Office have gone unanswered.
Read more at Arizona Daily Independent.

(H/T VV) The Guardian: Arizona Republican calls Trump ‘deleted database’ statement ‘unhinged’
The Republican who leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming Donald Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run. Maricopa county recorder Stephen Richer on Saturday called a Trump statement accusing the county of deleting an elections database “unhinged” and called on other Republicans to stop the unfounded accusations. “We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country,” Richer tweeted. Richer became recorder in January, after defeating the Democratic incumbent. The Republican state senate president, Karen Fann, has demanded the Republican-dominated Maricopa county board of supervisors answer questions raised by the private auditors she has hired.
Read more  at The Guardian.

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Hoft: HOT POTATO – Not the Sec of State (Katie Hobbs), Not the Election Vendor (Dominion), and Not the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, NO ONE, Is Admitting Illegally Deleting Files Requested by Senate Auditors
If the County didn’t delete the files, and this seems supported by the fact the county didn’t have admin passwords, then who deleted the files? […] We reported that Dominion (the vendor) provided the admin passwords to the county a few months ago:
Read more at The Gateway Pundit.

Data Files Reportedly Deleted in Arizona Before Providing Machines to Senate Auditors May Have Been Recovered by the Audit Team

 

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