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Audit Finds Maricopa County Deleted Entire Database

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Marmee Rooke

The official Twitter account for the Arizona Audit, @ArizonaAudit, is responsible for tweeting updates to the ongoing audit intent on finding answers to the many questions left in the wake of the 2020 election. The tweet last night should send chills down American spines.

“Breaking Update,” the tweet read, “Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence!”

 

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A shocking letter provided by the Gateway Pundit from Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Jack Sellers asks for “assistance and cooperation in the resolution of three issues.”

The Senate President asked Chairman Sellers to comply with the legislative subpoenas deemed “valid and enforceable” by Judge Thomason. “To date,” the statement reads, “attorneys for Maricopa County have refused to produce virtual images of routers used in connection with the general election” and “refused to provide the passwords necessary to access vote tabulation devices.”

“It’s attorneys’ insistence that the County does not have custody or control of this information is belied by the County’s conduct of its own audits,” she states. Sen. Fann asserts that if the County’s audits “were as comprehensive as they purported to be” it is impossible to believe that the County wouldn’t have access to these passwords. The audit can’t be a complete and accurate audit without this information.

Sen. Fann disagrees with the Democrats and the Maricopa Board of County Supervisors’ claim that handing the routers over to the Arizona audit would “endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, their operations, or the protected health information and personal data of Maricopa County’s citizens.” Fann argues that Maricopa’s “lax data security practices” reflects “an alarming indictment of the County,” not “the legislative subpoenas.”

She suggested that Maricopa County should allow “agents of CyFIR, an experienced digital forensics firm and subcontractor of Cyber Ninjas, review virtual images of the relevant routers.” Sen. Fann conceded that the “review” should take place “in Maricopa County facilities and in the presence of representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”

“The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election,” she insisted.

Sen. Fann’s second issue with Maricopa County is the “Chain of Custody and Ballot Organization Anomalies.”

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“As the audit has progressed,” the statement said, “the Senate’s contractors have become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots.”

Arizona Senate President Fann claims that Maricopa County “has not provided any chain-of-custody documentation for the ballots.” In addition, she said there were significant issues with the way “ballots were stored.” Fann claimed that “the bags” tasked with storing the ballots were “not sealed.” Instead, the seals were allegedly “found at the bottom of many boxes.” And any ballot boxes that were sealed; “were sealed merely with regular tape and not secured by any kind of tamper-evident seal.”

“The audit team has encountered a significant number of instances in which there is a disparity between the actual number of ballots contained in a batch and the total denoted on the pink report slip accompanying the batch,” she said. For example, one box alone is missing 35 ballots.

But the most egregious issue Sen. Fann seeks answers on is the discovery of deleted files. She writes, “We have discovered that the entire “Database” directory from the D drive of the machine “EMSPrimary” has been deleted.”

“In addition,” she said, “the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, “Results Tally and Reporting,” is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database. She alleges that the records contained on the machines were deleted a week leading up to the mandatory turnover date.

Sen. Fann says she remains “hopeful” to “constructively resolve” the issues provided without the need to add “other compulsory processes.” She writes, “To that end, I invite you and any other officers or employees of Maricopa County (to include officials in the Elections Department) who possess knowledge or information concerning the matters set forth above to a meeting at the Arizona State Capitol. The meeting is on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, and it will be live-streamed to the public.

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Marmee has been around grassroots politics all of her life. Being a stay-at-home mom, she knew she had a voice that needed to be heard. She is raising the next generation while fighting for her own.




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