PHOENIX (AP) – Two unbiased audits of election gear in Arizona’s most populous county discovered no modified software program, malicious software program or incorrect counting gear, and not one of the computer systems or gear had been related to the web.
Nevertheless, the state Senate needs its personal audit and a choose will resolve if it will get entry to ballots and different supplies that Republican lawmakers are in search of.
The unbiased audit outcomes launched Maricopa County on Tuesday additionally included a “logic and accuracy take a look at” one of many licensed corporations that examined the gear. It confirmed a number of earlier assessments overseen the county and the Arizona secretary of state’s workplace that discovered the tabulation gear correctly counted votes. Hand counts of a pattern of ballots additionally got here out excellent.
A evaluate of the county’s contract with its machine supplier, Dominion Voting Methods, an accounting agency is predicted to be accomplished March 31.
Republicans who management the Arizona Senate are demanding the county flip over the vote-counting machines and a pair of.1 million ballots so it will possibly audit the outcomes that noticed Democratic President Joe Biden win in Arizona.
Senate President Karen Fann mentioned Tuesday the county agreed to 2 unbiased forensic audits of the outcomes and argued that is not what it did.
“That’s what we agreed on, and that’s not what we acquired,” Fann mentioned. “One of many firms that did it was an organization that each one they do is certify machines — they don’t do an audit.”
The Senate issued subpoenas in December and once more in January that demanded entry to the county’s election supplies. The county Board of Supervisors turned over reams of information however balked at handing over the precise ballots or the tabulation machines, saying the ballots had been legislation secret and the machines could be compromised.
The Senate fell one vote brief earlier this month of discovering the Republican-dominated board in contempt for not producing all the fabric the subpoenas demanded. The board has requested a court docket to dam the subpoenas, and a listening to is ready for Thursday.
County attorneys are urging a choose to quash the subpoena, arguing that legal guidelines enacted the Legislature require ballots to be sealed after the election they usually can solely be unsealed beneath a court docket order and just for a recount or throughout an election contest.
They allege Fann and different GOP lawmakers are attempting to conduct an unlawful recount.
Attorneys for the Legislature name the arguments raised the supervisors flawed, saying that the legal guidelines cited the county are supposed as limits on public entry, not entry demanded the identical Legislature that made the legal guidelines.
Jack Sellers, the Republican board chair, mentioned the audits executed the one two corporations licensed federal elections officers confirmed November’s election was free, truthful and correct.
“No hacking or vote switching occurred within the 2020 election,” Sellers mentioned in a press release.