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Arizona’s elections chief is calling for the replacement of voting machines under examination in an audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results ordered by the state Senate, claiming that even an intensive forensic investigation cannot guarantee the integrity of those machines.

That pronouncement came within a letter from Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who last week claimed that “the chain of custody [of county voting machines]” had been “compromised” by the auditors hired by the state’s Republican Senate, Florida-based security firm Cyber Ninjas

Such “loss of custody constitutes a cyber incident to critical infrastructure — an event that could jeopardize the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of digital information or information systems,” Hobbs, a social worker by training, wrote in the letter, arguing that “decommissioning and replacing those devices is the safest option as no methods exist to adequately ensure those machines are safe to use in future elections.”


“While the machines could be put through an intensive and costly forensic examination by an accredited national forensics laboratory, even after such forensic examination, machines are generally not recommissioned given that the forensic analysis cannot be guaranteed to locate all potential problems.”


The letter suggested the secretary of state’s office might decommission the county machines even if the county itself elects to move forward with them. Under the Arizona code, the secretary of state has the authority to determine what machines may be used in Arizona elections.


The claim from Hobbs — that even a high-level forensic analysis of voting equipment cannot guarantee its integrity — comes after months of bitter division throughout the U.S. over questions of election integrity and security. Many conservative leaders and commentators have demanded intensive investigations into state-level election systems due to alleged voting irregularities in 2020. Democrats and major news organizations, meanwhile, have insisted the 2020 election was free of widespread fraud and have decried photo ID requirements and other security measures as voter suppression tactics.


Maricopa County itself does not own the machines used in its elections. Maricopa’s voting machine equipment — including several hundred county- and precinct-level ballot tabulators — are actually leased to the county via Dominion Voting Systems, the Colorado-based voting company at the center of months of controversy following the 2020 elections.


Commentators and others have alleged Dominion was complicit in efforts to fix the 2020 election in favor of President Joe Biden. No solid evidence has emerged to substantiate such claims, yet Dominion’s role in U.S. elections — with machines in a majority of U.S. states — has remained under protracted scrutiny in the months since November.


Dominion has provided election services for Maricopa since 2010, when it purchased a competitor that was at the time serving the county. Last year, county elections department spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson told media that the county was in the midst of a three-year contract with Dominion in which it was leasing machines from the company rather than buying them outright.


Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, meanwhile, confirmed to Just the News’s John Solomon this week that the machines are leased, not owned, by the county.

The Secretary of State’s office and Dominion Voting Systems failed to respond to queries on the matter, including whether or not any decommissioned machines would be destroyed and/or whether or not Dominion offers any technical support to ensure machine integrity in such cases.


Maricopa spokesman Fields Moseley, meanwhile, gave little indication as to what approach the county would take regarding the machines.

“Subpoenaing tabulation equipment is an unprecedented action in Arizona,” he said via email. “We have received the letter from the Secretary of State expressing her concerns about the elections equipment that was subpoenaed by the Senate. That letter is being reviewed by our attorneys and they will advise Board members before they take next steps.”


County officials have offered a more nuanced take on the controversy than the secretary of state’s office. Gilbertson told media outlets last week that the county “will not use any of the returned tabulation equipment unless the county, state and vendor are confident that there is no malicious hardware or software installed on the devices,” suggesting that — contra Hobbs’s claims — there may indeed be ways officials can adequately verify the integrity of the machines before they are put back into service.


Dominion, meanwhile, told media that there were “real concerns” about the integrity of the machines but that the company would support efforts “to ensure the machines are secure based on federal and state regulations,” suggesting that Dominion itself did not view the machines as irreparably compromised.


Arizona State Senate Liaison Ken Bennett — himself a former Arizona Secretary of State — flatly denied the assertion that the machines would have to be scrapped.

“It’s totally ludicrous,” Bennett said Monday of Hobbs’s claim. “If the county needs to spend a few thousand dollars to have Dominion come back in and verify [the machines’ integrity], they could do that easily.”


Bennett told Just the News on Tuesday that, of the seven reasons for machine decertification listed in the state’s elections procedure manual, “none of them has happened” to the Maricopa machines.


“Nobody seems to make Hobbs go to her own election procedures manual,” Bennett said.

He predicts that even if Hobbs persists in her efforts, the machines themselves will likely stay in service.


“Even if her claim was legitimate, which it’s not,” he said, “the county would return the machines to Dominion, Dominion would verify that nothing has happened to them, and they would probably just release them to someone else.”

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Ariz. audit nearing completion despite setbacks

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The Arizona audit is starting to come to a close, even after many of the auditors caught cases of COVID. One America’s Christina Bobb has more.

While we appreciate the scope and complexity of the effort, we can’t wait much longer. The fake administration will leave the country in tatters by Christmas and this massive fraud needs to be exposed yesterday;

This is good, but the Biden Administration has already committed treason and Fauci has already lied to Congress….yet nothing is being done. We demand action!: Followers’ Comment.

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Officials In Arizona Demand Election Be Decertified

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The Arizona audit of the 2020 election is getting to the nitty, gritty part and now one Republican is calling for the state’s election results to be decertified.

Liz Harris, a Republican candidate for Arizona representative was on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast and talking about the results she says have been found in the Maricopa County audit.

Harris said that that 96,389 votes came from addresses where the voter could not have possibly cast the ballot.

It is important for us to note that the evidence of these claims has not been produced or verified but it got the attention of Arizona Republican Candidate for Secretary of State Mark Finchem.

“WE MUST AUDIT AND CANVASS EVERYWHERE. This fraud has been going on a lot longer than 2020,” he said on Wednesday.

WE MUST AUDIT AND CANVASS EVERYWHERE. This fraud has been going on a lot longer than 2020.

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

“I am calling it. Between the preliminary audit results and the private canvass, I call on Arizona to decertify the election of 2020 and recall the electors. There is already enough evidence to show clear and convincing fraud. We have a duty to act,” he said.

I am calling it. Between the preliminary audit results and the private canvass, I call on Arizona to decertify the election of 2020 and recall the electors. There is already enough evidence to show clear and convincing fraud. We have a duty to act.

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

“Not only do we need a forensic audit of every county in Arizona, we need an official canvass of the election and of the voter rolls in every county in Arizona. If the DOJ wants to obstruct, they can pound sand,” the candidate said.

Not only do we need a forensic audit of every county in Arizona, we need an official canvass of the election and of the voter rolls in every county in Arizona. If the DOJ wants to obstruct, they can pound sand.

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

“Ghost votes, fantom votes 96,00+ from “mail-in” votes extrapolated from Maricopa #’s. 1 Voter reports got a mail-in ballot every elec since ’12. Ballots returned but counted? How did that get into the system? Data shows while she kept the ballot, it was counted. Where is DOJ?” he said.

Ghost votes, fantom votes 96,00+ from “mail-in” votes extrapolated from Maricopa #’s. 1 Voter reports got a mail-in ballot every elec since ’12. Ballots returned but counted? How did that get into the system? Data shows while she kept the ballot, it was counted. Where is DOJ?

— Mark Finchem for AZ Secretary of State (@RealMarkFinchem) September 8, 2021

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“YOU WERE RIGHT! @RudyGiuliani @JennaEllisEsq So glad we gave you the chance to reveal the corruption on Nov 30, ’20 in PHX. We must send a signal to the People of Arizona that we have the courage to decertify an election that is rife with fraud and reclaim the 2020 Electors,” he said.

State Sen. Wendy Rogers made a similar statement on Twitter.

“We need FORENSIC AUDITS, CANVASSES, ARRESTS, and LEGISLATION. Gotta have all four to preserve our elections or we don’t have a country,” she said.

We need FORENSIC AUDITS, CANVASSES, ARRESTS, and LEGISLATION. Gotta have all four to preserve our elections or we don’t have a country.

— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) September 8, 2021

This news comes weeks after the audit review was delayed.

The release of the final report on the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, was delayed again after three members of the team tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement announcing the news, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said she expects the full report to be complete by next Monday.

“The team expected to have the full draft ready for the Senate today, but unfortunately Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and two other members of the five-person audit team have tested positive for COVID-19 and are quite sick. The Senate legal team will meet Wednesday to start reviewing the draft report,” Fann wrote in her statement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement from Senate President @FannKfann #AZSenate #Audit pic.twitter.com/H7xDHdRiK3

— AZSenateRepublicans (@AZSenateGOP) August 23, 2021

Before that,  Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward gave an update last week on the election audit in Maricopa County.

“We are being told by the audit team that their report is going to be delivered to the Arizona State Senate, early next week. The State Senate is going to review the results for clarity, and for accuracy, and then they’re going to release the final report to the public. Now, like all of you, I am anxiously awaiting that final report,” she said.

“Now, opponents of the audit are apparently anxious about that report too. They can’t wait. In the last 24 hours Democrat Secretary of State, radical, leftist, progressive, Trump supporter hating Katie Hobbs released what she named a “report on the partisan review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County”, the media, they dubbed it a prebuttal. In other words, she’s making up stories to misinform and mislead the public, as usual. The ridiculous, ridiculous Maricopa County Recorder, who’s been vocal in his disdain for the audit, put out an open letter to Maricopa County, hilariously pious. Remember, he doesn’t want attention. He wants the office to be boring again, but he did have time to put on makeup and head over to CNN and MSNBC, to avoid any attention. Of course, these fantasies were sent out to their liberal allies in the media and rolled out at the press conference by a supposedly nonpartisan group. I’m sure no sane person read Richard’s 38 Page manifesto and even fewer watched their performance,” Ward said.

“Am I in a time warp here? These opponents are responding to the audit before the report is even been given to the State Senate. Do they have a crystal ball? Can they see into the future? I don’t think so. But what they do have is smoke and mirrors. Hobbs tried to criticize the audit for not having adequate security procedures, but many, many observers praise the audit for how secure it was. It was much greater security than ever existed at the Maricopa County tabulation center. Of course, Hobbs fails to comment on the breach of the Maricopa County election system that occurred shortly before the election. Hey Katie, omissions are also lies,” the chairwoman said.

“The Maricopa county recorders, open letter. Oh, it is as sad, a communication as I’ve ever seen, that has come from an elected official. It’s filled with numerous woe is me anecdotes, and undeserved, unfounded, and even egregious attacks on audit contractors. ironically, there is a section titled, “I was never anti audit.” OMG, he’s a comedian. Actions speak louder than words Stevie. This county recorder has tried to hinder the audit at every step of the way. It’s embarrassing he’s a Republican. Responding ahead of time to a report that has yet to be filed is not responsible governing. These two sets of documents were very, very long, lengthy and they were released at the same time. This is not a response to the audit. It is a naked attempt to control the narrative,” she said.

The audit report is being delivered to the State Senate early next week, & as we await the results, audit opponents are already jumping at the chance to control the narrative. Do not fall for this spin. Tune back in next week as we share the results. #AmericasAudit #ArizonaAudit pic.twitter.com/V3xCPbCbFb

— Republican Party of Arizona (@AZGOP) August 21, 2021

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Arizona state senator calls for new presidential election, says Biden electors should be recalled

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Arizona Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers on Thursday called for a new 2020 presidential election in the state and demanded that officials “decertify the election.”

“I call for the Biden electors to be recalled to Arizona & a new election must be conducted,” Rogers tweeted Thursday. “Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right.”

Rogers’ comments came hours after the Arizona state Senate held a briefing and an update to the 2020 presidential election audit, held in Maricopa County, conducted by Florida firm Cyber Ninjas.

Her tweet referenced points made by Cyber Ninja’s founder Doug Logan who reportedly told the state Senate Thursday that “thousands of names were added to the voting rolls after election day, but are recorded as casting a ballot in the 2020 election,” according to NewsWeek.

Two post-election audits have found no traces of election fraud in the 2020 election, according to the Associated Press.

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