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Maricopa County Officials Blast ‘Ineptitude’ Of 2020 Election Auditors And Refuse Meeting With Arizona Senate

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors demanded an end to the Arizona Senate-led audit of the 2020 election in the populous county that includes Phoenix, a significant new stand by the Republican-led group against the review that former President Donald Trump and his allies have cited to further claim the contest was stolen.

Board members issued their defiant response after holding a meeting Monday afternoon to address questions raised by Senate President Karen Fann in a letter to Chairman Jack Sellers regarding the audit, which includes a review of the county’s 2.1 million ballots and election equipment, raising “serious issues” auditors claimed to have found during their work. Among them, Fann said, was the county’s failure to provide virtual copies of Wi-Fi routers and allegations that someone deleted a main database from the Election Management System.

“These accusations are false, defamatory, and beneath the dignity of the Senate,” the board wrote in a 13-page letter signed by all five members. “They are an insult to the dedicated public servants in the Maricopa County Elections Department and Office of the Recorder, who work incredibly long hours conducting the County’s elections with integrity and honor.”

Compounding the controversy surrounding Fann’s letter last week are tweets by an account for the audit, run by unnamed volunteers, which has clashed with local journalists covering the process and made serious but so far unsubstantiated allegations about the election.

“Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit,” the account said while accusing the Elections Department of “spoliation of evidence.”

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors criticized Cyber Ninjas, the private firm fired by the Arizona Senate to lead the audit, of “incompetence” and rebuked claims of deleted files, saying: “The failure of your so called ‘auditors’ to locate data files on the copy they made of the County’s server speaks more to their ineptitude than it does to the integrity and actions of our dedicated public employees who effectively and accurately run the elections in the fourth largest county in the United States.”

The majority-Republican board has long been at odds with the Republican-led Senate over its push for an audit under the supervision of the Legislature, saying that two previous audits led by county officials found no irregularities in the 2020 election and fighting lawmakers in court until a judge ruled Senate subpoenas to hand over county election materials and equipment were “legal and enfor… (Read more)

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