County election tools deemed freed from tampering – Arizona Capitol Occasions

In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Maricopa County elections officials count ballots in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

On this Nov. 4, 2020, file photograph, Maricopa County elections officers rely ballots in Phoenix. (AP Photograph/Matt York, File)

An audit of the Maricopa County voting tools got here up completely clear in accordance with county officers.

Nevertheless it’s not going to discourage the calls for Republican senators to conduct their very own assessment and get a courtroom order to implement their very own subpoena. In actual fact, the lawmakers are going again to courtroom Feb. 25 of their bid to get entry to the tools, the software program — and the precise ballots.

The county report, launched Tuesday, concluded that there was no proof that:

– Votes had been switched from one candidate to a different;

– Tools was utilizing modified software program;

– Voting machines had been related to the web;

– Malicious software program or {hardware} had been put in on tabulators or the system.

“These audits are an affirmation for everybody’s laborious work and show what my colleagues and I’ve been saying all alongside: Our elections had been run with integrity and the outcomes we canvassed had been correct,” mentioned Supervisor Clint Hickman, one in all 4 Republicans on the board.

Steve Gallardo, the lone Democrat supervisor, agreed.

“The audits clearly dispel the notion that in some way the November election was rigged,” he mentioned.

The outcomes of the audits — three of the 4 areas had been reviewed individually two totally different firms — come simply days earlier than the supervisors face off in courtroom once more with the Senate.

Attorneys for lawmakers contend they’re entitled to have their very own auditors have entry not solely to the tools but in addition the two.1 million ballots truly forged.

Karen Fann

Karen Fann

To this point, although, their efforts have failed. And on Feb. 25, attorneys for the county will ask Maricopa County Superior Courtroom Decide Timothy Thomasson to quash the legislative subpoenas and completely bar Senate President Karen Fann and Sen. Warren Petersen, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, from taking any additional motion to implement their subpoena.

All that is a part of the leftovers from allegations that the returns reported from the Nov. three election had been inaccurate and that Donald Trump truly gained Arizona and may have obtained the state’s 11 electoral votes.

A sequence of lawsuit complaining of the whole lot from improper procedures and using mistaken marking pens to outright fraud all have to this point been rejected courts. And at this level the difficulty is legally moot as Joe Biden has been sworn in as president.

However Fann advised Capitol Media Providers extra must be performed.

“When there are this many questions that individuals are questioning our electoral system, I feel we owe it to them to say ‘We’re going to get these solutions for you, and we’re going to point out that our system is nice and safe,’ ” she mentioned. “And if we discover any irregularities, we’re going to show to you that we’re going to repair these irregularities.”

Extra to the purpose, Fann mentioned, what the county carried out doesn’t get to these questions.

A few of it, she mentioned, is as a result of the businesses they employed are usually not licensed forensic auditors.

Past that, Fann mentioned there are different questions that the audit no means addressed.

“I do know that they didn’t do an in-depth forensic audit sufficient to assist us determine what number of mail-out ballots went out to folks that don’t stay in Arizona any extra,” she mentioned. Then there are allegations about ballots that went to useless folks or numerous ballots exhibiting up at a home the place solely two folks stay.

All that, Fann mentioned, results in questions on what occurred to all these ballots.

However a key level in what Fann and her colleagues need is entry to the precise ballots to find out if the rely reported truly matches the votes counted.

A Dominion Voting ballot scanner is delivered to a polling location in Gwinnett County, Ga. outside of Atlanta on Monday,  Jan. 4, 2021, in advance of the Senate runoff election. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

A Dominion Voting poll scanner is delivered to a polling location in Gwinnett County, Ga. outdoors of Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, prematurely of the Senate runoff election. (AP Photograph/Ben Grey)

The audit performed for the county does have a look at a few of that — however solely not directly.

Auditors from Professional V & V regarded on the query of whether or not the Dominion Voting Methods tools or software program was switching votes from one candidate to a different, one of many expenses leveled Trump supporters, utilizing what a “check deck” of ballots pre-marked with recognized outcomes. All totaled, they mentioned the tally of greater than 1.5 million particular poll positions got here out 100% correct.

Solely factor is, these weren’t the precise ballots voted in November, in step with the county’s place that they should be locked up.

The audit produced different outcomes.

Professional V & V and SLI Compliance, the opposite agency employed the county, additionally mentioned they regarded for proof that the tabulation system was transmitting info outdoors what they mentioned was an “air-gapped system” throughout the county. They mentioned they discovered no points.

Each additionally carried out what they referred to as a “full forensic clone” of the laborious drive on the tools which allowed them to look at not simply what was there but in addition search for proof of deleted recordsdata or hidden knowledge. Right here, too, they mentioned they discovered no points.

All that, nonetheless, will not be ok so far as the Senate is worried. And Fann mentioned the one manner the questions of constituents can be answered is that if there may be an precise examination of the tools and the ballots somebody chosen the Senate.

Whether or not lawmakers are entitled to that’s precisely what Thomasson is being requested to resolve.

The county’s refusal to show over entry relies on a number of arguments.

“The (Arizona) Structure instructions that ballots be stored secret,” lawyer Steve Tully who represents the county advised Thomasson in his authorized filings. And he mentioned Arizona legislation spells out that after the formal canvass of votes, the ballots are put into an envelope and stored unopened for as much as 24 months, after which they have to be destroyed.

None of this has stopped the Senate from issuing a subpoena for entry to them.

However Tully mentioned subpoenas are permissible solely when there was a vote of the complete Senate to analyze the 2020 basic election. That, he mentioned, didn’t happen.

As an alternative, he mentioned, the subpoenas all consequence from “months of conspiracy theories rejected the courts and debunked the press.”

There are provisions for a decide to resolve whether or not to implement a subpoena. However he mentioned that first requires a vote of the Senate to carry the supervisors in contempt.

However that failed when Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, refused to go together with his GOP colleagues.


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