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Maricopa County, Arizona, introduced Monday that it’ll change the entire voting tools handed over to non-public contractors for an election “audit” ordered by Arizona’s Republican-controlled Senate. “The voters of Maricopa County can rest assured, the county will never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections,” Maricopa County said in a statement. “As a result, the county will not use the subpoenaed equipment in any future elections.”
Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors advised Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in a letter Monday that it shares her concerns about potential tampering by the GOP-employed Florida audit contractors, Cyber Ninjas, which isn’t licensed to deal with election tools within the U.S. When the state Senate subpoenaed the machines, compelling the county to show over about 400 tabulating machines and a pair of.1 million ballots, that broke the chain of custody. Cyber Ninja’s examination of the ballots has been extensively panned by election consultants as slapdash and missing in primary safety and transparency.
In May, the GOP-led Maricopa County authorities slammed the “audit” in a fiery letter to the state Senate. “Our state has become a laughingstock,” the 5 Republicans and two Democrats wrote. “Worse, this ‘audit’ is encouraging our citizens to distrust elections, which weakens our democratic republic.”
A Maricopa County spokesman stated the county isn’t sure who will pay for the new equipment. When the Senate seized the ballots and voting tools, it agreed to reimburse the county for any prices incurred “as a result of damage and/or alternation of the Subpoenaed Materials by the Senate or its agents.” The county is contemplating asking the Senate to cowl the prices of recent tools and likewise discussing with Dominion Voting Systems whether or not it has to pay the remaining $3 million it owes beneath a 3-12 months lease.
Cyber Ninjas has drawn scrutiny for its lack of audit expertise and deeply flawed effort in Maricopa County, however critics additionally level out that its CEO, Doug Logan, has backed former President Donald Trump’s false claims concerning the election being rigged. On Saturday in Phoenix, Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy theorists debuted The Deep Rig, a movie bankrolled by former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne and based mostly on debunked 2020 election fraud claims. Logan is revealed to be the voice of “Anon” midway by means of the movie.