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Politics Trucks haul ballot machines to Arizona convention center for Maricopa County election audit

02:20  22 april  2021
02:20  22 april  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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I'm all for auditing Maricopa County 's election equipment. As long as Republicans agree to pay for the audit and abide by its findings. The state Senate on Tuesday slapped not one but two subpoenas on Maricopa County , demanding that county elections officials turn over the 2.1 million ballots cast in last month's election along with all Dominion Voting Systems machinery and software. No word on whether the Senate has the authority to order the county to turn over equipment for an audit or who will pick up the tab.

Maricopa County , Arizona , held general elections for county board of supervisors in districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, county assessor, county attorney, county recorder, sheriff, county school superintendent, treasurer, constables, justices of the peace, superior court judges, community college board members

Semitrucks began hauling voting machines to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday afternoon in preparation for a forensic audit of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County for the 2020 election.

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The trucks arrived on schedule Wednesday for the audit slated to begin on Friday, a product of Arizona's Republican-controlled Senate fighting for months to conduct a full-scope investigation of ballots cast in the populous county that includes Phoenix, where President Joe Biden won by just over 2% of the popular vote.

Senate President Karen Fann has said the forensic audit would be conducted independently and would be a transparent process aimed at restoring voter confidence after supporters of former President Donald Trump in the state echoed his unsubstantiated claims the election was stolen from him due to widespread fraud.

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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers said the audit is “not a joint effort between the county and the Senate Republican Caucus.” Joe Biden won the state of Arizona by a razor thin margin of roughly 10,000 votes. As Breitbart News reported in December, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, contributed a total of 9 million to two non-profit groups, The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), which provided privately funded election administration in the 2020

America’s fourth-largest county , Maricopa is about to go through a forensic audit of its 2.1 million ballots led by four audit teams selected by the AZ Senate. Senate President Karen Fann described the audit ’s scope in a March 18 press release as being “broad and detailed: the team will include, but is not With the Democrats’ backs to the wall, they finally deployed their ace in the hole, a high-ranking Democratic public official with the legal elections ’ muscle to throw a monkey-wrench into this audit and derail it. That person, that Manchurian candidate, is none other than Arizona ’s Chief Election Official

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has already conducted two forensic audits, showing no irregularities in the county's 2020 general election, and agreed to share the election materials with the GOP-led state Senate after it got a favorable ruling from a judge. Democrats have decried the audit as a "fishing expedition."

Cyber Ninjas is the leading company among a team of firms conducting different portions of the audit.

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Maricopa County Elections Department, Phoenix, Arizona . 5,094 likes · 17 talking about this · 1,266 were here. See more of Maricopa County Elections Department on Facebook. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in-person attendance is limited. We completed our hand count audit and had a 100% match! Thank you to all 3 Maricopa County

Maricopa County elections officials count ballots , Wednesday at the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. Arizona election officials say that voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on the votes being recorded by tabulation machines , and if there was an issue, there is a process that would keep the ballots from Arizona election officials confirmed that Sharpies were used in voting, but they said that would not invalidate a ballot . The Maricopa County Elections Department tweeted on Election Day that voting centres use Sharpies so that ink does not smudge when ballots are counted .

The company's CEO, Doug Logan, thanked the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the Arizona Senate for allowing the audit to take place, saying, “I look forward to showing the media that this process is fully accountable and will yield results the public can have confidence in," according to a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Logan has reportedly been an active promoter of unsubstantiated "Stop the Steal" claims alleging widespread election fraud in the general election last year.

The Arizona Republican Party announced Wednesday observers for the audit process will be "non-partisan for full transparency," adding that One America News Network, a right-wing media outlet, will be livestreaming the audit.

But it was reported on Wednesday that members of the press who wish to cover the audit are required to work a six-hour shift as an observer.

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Audits in Arizona 's four largest counties , which comprised 86% of all votes for president in the state, turned up no evidence of the systematic voter fraud about which President Donald Trump has complained. There were no irregularities found in Maricopa County , which is the most populous The Trump campaign has also pursued Arizona in court through one of several flimsy lawsuits it has filed in battleground states. The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on Saturday seeking to block the canvass or certification of all ballots cast in person on Election Day in Maricopa County until they could be

Senate subpoenas to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for information and equipment needed to perform the audit have been pending since Dec. 25. In mid-March, the state Senate announced that Republicans in that chamber would be conducting a “broad and detailed” review of Maricopa ’s ballots , one that would involve “testing the machines , scanning the ballots , performing a full hand count and checking for any IT breaches,” among other approaches.

Additionally, to become an observer, a press member is required to submit three letters of recommendation through a sign-up portal, and no photos or note-taking are allowed in the facility beginning Friday, according to a reporter with AZ Mirror, who spoke with former Arizona Senate President and Secretary Of State Ken Bennett. Bennett is the liaison over of the audit.

A communications firm called the Thompson Group told the Washington Examiner ballots would be arriving at 8 a.m. local time on Thursday, adding that "counting will begin after everything is properly received and in place." The group also provided nine links to live surveillance feeds of the audit facility.

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The Washington Examiner reached out to Bennett but did not immediately receive a response.

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Original Author: Kaelan Deese

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Maricopa County 2020 election auditor releases privacy policies .
The consulting firm picked to lead the GOP-led Arizona Senate's recount of 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 election in Maricopa County released its privacy policies for ensuring voter privacy in compliance with a court order. © Provided by Washington Examiner Florida-based Cyber Ninjas released three documents on Thursday, one day after county Judge Daniel Martin denied its request to keep the documents sealed as part of a lawsuit brought by Arizona Democrats. Martin offered one day for an appeal, but lawyers representing the firm declined, the Associated Press reported.

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