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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors condemns election audit and new subpoenas

Maricopa County Board Chairman Jack Sellers responded to the July 26 subpoenas issued by the Arizona state Senate Republicans, saying “There was no fraud.” He also called the audit an “adventure in never-never land.”

The state Senate Republicans, who are leading the audit of ballots in Maricopa County, issued subpoenas to both the county’s Board of Supervisors and Dominion Voting Systems, which leases election equipment to Maricopa County (Washington Examiner). Cyber Ninjas, a cybersecurity company based in Florida, was hired to conduct the audit, as part of the Republican legislators’ efforts to investigate claims of fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

Business Insider writes that President Joe Biden won Maricopa County by over 45,000 votes. Senate Democrats, who hold a minority of the Arizona state Senate, have opposed the audit since its inception. The review has included an investigation of ballot counting machines, the analysis of voter data, and a hand count of ballots.

The Associated Press reported that the auditors stopped counting and returned the ballots to Maricopa County after the process, estimated to take up to 60 days, has continued for over 100 days. Jack Sellers, who leads the board that oversees elections in Maricopa County, wrote a highly critical letter to the state Senators in which he commented, “It is now August of 2021. The election of November 2020 is over. If you haven’t figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair, and accurate yet, I’m not sure you ever will.”

He went on to say, “The reason you haven’t finished your ‘audit’ is because you hired people who have no experience and little understanding of how professional elections are run.” Cyber Ninjas and its contractors are preparing to produce a report about the findings of the audit (NBC).  

Michelle Ugenti-Rita, Arizona Republican state senator, has been one of the strongest voices in the legislature for stricter voting laws. She is now one of two state senators claiming the audit was “botched.” Ugenti-Rita Tweeted on July 24: “I wanted to review our election processes and see what, if anything, could be improved. Sadly, it’s now become clear that the audit has been botched.” Her statements echo those of Senator Paul Boyer, who said “Not even a shred of being salvaged at this point. They’ve botched it at so many points along the way that it’s irrecoverable.”

Sellers concludes his letter with his position on the outcome of the audits: “There was no fraud, there wasn’t an injection of ballots from Asia nor was there a satellite that beamed votes into our election equipment. It’s time for all elected officials to tell the truth and stop encouraging conspiracies.” The closing line reads, “Release your report and be prepared to defend any accusations of misdeeds in court. It’s time to move on.”  

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BUSINESS INSIDER

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