Audits discover no issues with Maricopa County election machines

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Forensic audits that Maricopa County commissioned to analyze the poll tabulation machines used within the 2020 elections got here again with a clear invoice of well being, discovering no proof of hacking, malware, vote switching or web connectivity.

The county on Tuesday launched the outcomes of the 2 audits, which the Board of Supervisors ordered in response to widespread however baseless fraud claims and conspiracy theories alleging that the election was in some way rigged towards former President Donald Trump. A lot of these allegations contain Dominion Voting Techniques, which gives the poll tabulation machines utilized Maricopa County.

SLI Compliance and Professional V&V, the one firms permitted the U.S. Election Help Fee to look at and certify the machines and software program that Maricopa County makes use of, subjected the machines to batteries of assessments. These assessments looked for proof that the machines had been related to the web, or whether or not they despatched or acquired any data, in the course of the election; whether or not their software program, Dominion’s Democracy Suite 5.5B, had been altered because it was initially licensed; or whether or not any malicious software program was put in.

The machines additionally underwent logic-and-accuracy assessments utilizing take a look at ballots from the November election to find out whether or not they may have modified votes on any of the ballots they counted. A take a look at of 1.5 million poll positions discovered no issues.

Jack Sellers, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, famous that SLI Compliance and Professional V&V are the one two firms licensed the EAC to conduct such assessments, and that the board requested them “to transcend what we had already accomplished to make sure the integrity of our elections and past even the stringent necessities of state legislation.”

“We’re releasing the outcomes of these audits right this moment in order that the general public can see what we see and know what we all know: no hacking or vote switching occurred within the 2020 election,” Sellers stated in a written assertion.

When the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to conduct the audits in January, Supervisor Steve Chucri stated many individuals within the county believed the rumors and allegations concerning the election. He stated his mom, who isn’t politically engaged, had questions concerning the election tools. On Tuesday, he stated the outcomes of the audits ought to instill confidence amongst members of the general public.

“It’s critical for us to hearken to individuals’s issues, to take them significantly, and to open ourselves as much as nearer examination on the subject of one thing as essential as the correct to vote. That’s what these audits have been about,” Chucri stated. “I imagine it was obligatory and proper to deal with the questions that emerged following the 2020 elections, and I’m assured we did that completely and with all Maricopa County voters in thoughts.”

Supervisor Steve Gallardo, the board’s lone Democrat, begrudgingly supported the audits, saying the allegations concerning the election have been “lies and conspiracies.” However although some individuals won’t ever settle for the outcomes, Gallardo stated he supported the audit to assist assuage some voters’ issues.

“The audits clearly dispel the notion that in some way the November election was rigged,” Gallardo stated on Tuesday. “Whether or not you preferred the outcomes or not, the desire of the individuals was represented.  Our tools labored. Our individuals have been above reproach. I’ve stated it earlier than and I’ll say it once more: 2020 elections in Maricopa County have been protected, safe, and correct. Finish of story.”

The auditors examined all 9 of the county’s central tabulators, all 4 workstations and two servers used to function the county’s election administration system, 35 of 350 tabulators from polling locations, and 4 of 20 adjudication stations, the place human election employees examined ballots that couldn’t be learn the machines.

SLI Compliance and Professional V&V ran a number of applications on the machines to seek for malware or modifications to the software program put in. They in contrast the encrypted hash — the mathematical algorithms used to encrypt the software program — with the encrypted hash on file with federal election officers for the software program, concluding that there had been no modifications. 

The brand new outcomes observe a number of different assessments performed earlier than and after the election that confirmed no issues with the machines. The county performed logic-and-accuracy assessments earlier than and after the first and basic elections, as required state legislation. And a post-election hand rely of about 8,200 ballots confirmed an ideal match with the machine rely of these ballots.

The audit outcomes come as Maricopa County continues its authorized battle with the Arizona Senate over Republican lawmakers’ try to conduct their very own audit of the election. Senate President Karen Fann and Sen. Warren Petersen, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, have issued subpoenas demanding the county’s tabulation machines, the practically 2.1 million ballots forged, and a trove of different supplies and information. 

The Board of Supervisors argue that the Senate lacks authorized authority to demand the ballots and the machines, and are preventing the subpoenas in courtroom. A decide will hear arguments within the case on Thursday.

Fann and Petersen had preemptively declared the county’s audits as inadequate as a result of they wouldn’t study any of the ballots, and Fann took concern with the hiring of SLI Compliance and Professional V&V, insisting that the audit needs to be performed firms that hadn’t already licensed Dominion’s machines and software program.

The 2 senators have been unavailable for remark when the audit outcomes have been launched.

Fann sought to rent Allied Safety Operations Group, an organization with a well-documented historical past of spreading falsehoods and misinformation concerning the election, at occasions throughout legislative hearings wherein its workers served as witnesses for the Trump marketing campaign. 

One ASOG worker, Phil Waldron, falsely claimed throughout an unofficial listening to in Phoenix that election employees don’t confirm the signatures on early poll envelopes, and alleged with out proof the Maricopa County’s tabulation machines have been related to the web. Throughout a latest report the far-right media outlet One America Information Community, Waldron claimed, once more with out proof, that lots of of 1000’s of Maricopa County votes have been added for President Joe Biden.

The audits did discover one potential concern, although it didn’t have an effect on any of the elections Maricopa County held in 2020. SLI Compliance famous that, although there was no indication of USB gadgets being related to the machines, there have been no bodily or digital limitations that might stop individuals from utilizing unauthorized gadgets with them.

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy contributed to this text.

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