Maricopa County compromises to end dispute over Arizona Senate subpoena
Maricopa County's Board of Directors reached a compromise with the Republican-led Arizona Senate on Friday to provide router information sought as part of a comprehensive scrutiny of the 2020 general election.
In a 4: 1 vote, the board said that it would set up a "special master" to take questions from contractors who are part of the Cyber Ninjas and CyFir companies and provide them with information about the routers whom they say they need to complete a comprehensive forensic audit report.
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"The routers will remain in production and in the care of Maricopa County at all times," a county communications officer told the Washington Examiner. "The agreement is structured so that no personal data or sensitive law enforcement or court-related information is disclosed."
Confusion arose, however, after Senate President Karen Fann appeared to contradict the county's testimony of his decision, claiming that contractors had "got everything we needed, including routers and more."
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Fann also said the county "agreed to withdraw its $ 2.8 million claim filing to replace voting equipment supplied to the Senate," arguing that the polling machines were not damaged by auditors and that they were by the Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs were falsely decertified.
The county's decision ends a lawsuit the Senate is pending after subpoenas were previously filed to obtain the router images. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich began investigating the district's non-compliance in August, threatening to withhold nearly $ 700 million in shared state tax revenue if officials failed to comply with Senate demands.
"This agreement is a step in the right direction to put this nonsense behind us," said Chairman Jack Sellers of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. “The cyber ninjas will never be able to touch the routers or access our data. An independent third party can confirm what we have always said: the voting machines were not connected to the internet and no voting has taken place . "
Senate contractors who manage the review process have been pushing for access to Maricopa County's router images for months to analyze for security breaches, despite district officials saying it was on the night of the November 3, 2020 election were not connected to the internet.
Maricopa County's local law enforcement agencies argued that sharing routers could put sensitive information at risk if the router information falls into the wrong hands.
Stephen Richer, the county's clerk, released a statement earlier this week stating that a website had posted some voter information without authorization and tapped Brnovich to investigate the "potentially illegal" matter.
Friday is a win for the Senate, which will now have access to the information it supposedly needs to finalize the audit report, which will be released next week.
It was not immediately clear whether the sudden decision to provide router information would delay the final release of the report. After the compromise, however, Fann confirmed that the "report will come out on Friday".
President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump in Arizona in 2020 by more than 10,000 votes. Biden has ousted Trump by 45,000 votes in Maricopa County, where the state's former president and other Republicans have accused the state of fraud despite dementia from electoral officials.
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The test was heavily criticized by district officials, including Hobbs, who called it a "political stunt" to cast doubt on the integrity of the elections. Although Trump and his allies campaigned for the audit to prove his allegations of widespread fraud, Fann insisted that the audit "restore confidence in the system and influence potential legislative changes."
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Tags: News, Arizona Senate, Arizona, 2020 Elections, Republican Party, Subpoena, Campaigns, Election Fraud
Original author: Kaelan Deese
Original Location: Maricopa County Compromise to End Arizona Senate Subpoena Controversy
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