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Dems inserted a Clinton Foundation Judge into the Az. Audit of the 2020 vote.. Then he let the cat out of the bag of how security is being performed at the audit.
Democrats are hiding the truth, once again.


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An interesting development.

Maricopa County Defies Subpoena, Won't Release Hardware For Election Audit Over 'Security Risk'​

Update (1400ET): Wow, something must be really worrying Democrats?

There appears to be a full court press effort to delay and defer any and every effort to audit Maricopa County's election results. The Biden justice department added to pressure from Arizona's chief elections officer (a Democrat) and the Arizona Democratic Party, and now, Daniel Payne at reports that officials in Arizona's Maricopa County are withholding materials subpoenaed by the state legislature as part of its audit of the county's 2020 election, claiming that surrendering them would constitute a security risk for both law enforcement and federal agencies.

A Monday letter sent from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to Ken Bennett, the former Arizona secretary of state and the liaison between the state Senate and the auditors, said the county had elected not to turn over "several routers" requested by the legislature due to an alleged "significant security risk to law enforcement data utilized by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as well as numerous federal agencies."

Given that President Biden is the most popular president ever and we know from the mainstream media that there was no, none, zip, nada, election fraud anywhere in America, why are Democrats so aggressively interfering in the process of auditing the county's election?

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Update (1300ET): Shortly after Arizona's top elections officer raised concerns about the Maricopa County election audit process, the Biden Department of Justice piled on, expressing concern about ballot security and potential voter intimidation.

As AP reports, in a letter to GOP Senate President Karen Fann, the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said the Senate's farming out of 2.1 million ballots from the state's most populous county to a contractor may run afoul of federal law requiring ballots to remain in the control of elections officials for 22 months.

And Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan said that the Senate contractor's plans to directly contact voters could amount to illegal voter intimidation.

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act,” Karlan wrote.
“Such investigative efforts can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters that can deter them from seeking to vote in the future.”
So, Democrats play the race-card again?

“We are very concerned that the auditors are engaged in ongoing and imminent violations of federal voting and election laws,” said the letter sent by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference and Protect Democracy.
Why are they so worried? They already told America there was no fraud?

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As The Epoch Times' Mimi Nguyen Ly detailed earlier, Arizona’s top elections officer Katie Hobbs on Wednesday alleged multiple points of concern regarding the forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election currently underway in Maricopa County.

In a letter (pdf) to former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican who is the state Senate’s liaison for the audit, Hobbs outlined 13 points of concern over how the audit is being run. This included seven points of concern over counting procedures that the state Senate and audit contractor Cyber Ninjas disclosed, as well as six points of concern over what her observers saw at the audit site.

Under terms of a lawsuit settlement filed on Wednesday, defendants Bennett, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, and the lead auditor, Florida-based Cyber Ninjas have 48 hours to respond to Hobbs’ concerns. If the concerns are not addressed, Hobbs could take them back to court for breach of contract.

The audit began on April 23 and continues at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, a venue the auditors have booked and secured until May 14.

Hobbs, a Democrat, alleged that the procedures governing the audit do not ensure accuracy, security, and transparency.

“I’m not sure what compelled you to oversee this audit, but I’d like to assume you took this role with the best of intentions,” she told Bennett in the letter.
“It is those intentions I appeal to now: either do it right, or don’t do it at all.”
The Arizona Democratic Party filed a last-minute lawsuit against state Senate leadership to try to stop the audit from going ahead but their bid to immediately halt it was rebuffed by a judge. The settlement means the case has concluded.

“The settlement in ADP v Fann requires the Senate to have procedures to protect our ballots, election equipment, and data. Today, I put the Senate on notice that security shortfalls remain and must be addressed under the agreement,” Hobbs said in a statement.
The official Twitter account for the audit, run by Bennet’s team, said late on Wednesday that Hobbs “continues to make baseless claimes [sic] about this forensic audit but has never led an election audit in her entire career.”

The message declared, “The audit continues!”

The group furthermore encouraged Twitter users to retweet if they think audits are a state right. Another statement released later on Wednesday reads:

“Democrat [Secretary of State Katie Hobbs] who does not support election audits or transparency now wants the Federal Government to get involved in the Arizona Senate forensic audit. Arizona has the authority to conduct this audit without interference from the Feds!”
Bennett did not immediately respond to a request for comment over the contents of Hobbs’ letter.

He told the Arizona Capitol Times late Wednesday of Hobbs’ concerns, “I think that most of the things in her letter are completely unfounded. And the ones that have a little bit of legitimacy can be dealt with pretty easily.”

Bennett did not elaborate as to what concerns would fall into the latter category.

Among the seven concerns based on the disclosed procedures, Hobbs alleged that there were “no procedures for hiring qualified, unbiased counters.” She noted that former State Representative Anthony Kern, a Republican, has been among the people counting the ballots in the audit.

Kern’s name is listed on the ballot “not only as a candidate for State Representative but as a Presidential Elector—the exact race for which he is counting,” Hobbs wrote, adding, “While these facts would be disqualifying in any professional recount or audit, unfortunately, there are additional reasons why Mr. Kern is not trustworthy to fulfill this role.”

Hobbs in her letter also took aim at a number of procedures that she said “appear better suited for chasing conspiracy theories than as a part of a professional audit,” which included using UV lights to search for watermarks, measuring the thickness of ballots, searching for folds in ballots, and looking at ballots under a microscope.

She said these measures are “completely unnecessary steps if the goal of the audit is to validate the election results.”

She also questioned how tally sheets from ballot counters would be added up, and noted that her office had “received no real explanation” over the matter “other than that an accounting firm will handle it later.”

“This is not transparency. Further, it appears that a single person enters the totals from the tally sheets into an electronic spreadsheet, leaving wide open the opportunity for error, inadvertent or otherwise,” she wrote. “At minimum, a bipartisan team of at least two individuals should aggregate the tally sheets or otherwise confirm that data is entered accurately for aggregation.”
In addition to concerns over the disclosed procedures, Hobbs alleged in her letter that observers from her office have seen a number of problems, which include inadequate physical security of ballots, unattended computers at the forensic analysis tables, constantly changing rules in the audit procedures since the beginning of the audit, and “frequent violations” of the procedures that do exist.

The Arizona Republican-led Senate previously hired four out-of-state firms to carry out the audit, which are Wake Technology Services, CyFIR, Digital Discovery, and Cyber Ninjas.

The state Senate has said that the “broad and detailed” audit “will validate every area of the voting process” and includes, but is not limited to, scanning all the ballots, a full hand recount, auditing the voter registration and votes cast, the vote counts, and the electronic voting system. This includes examining some 2.1 million ballots, as well as voting equipment that includes 385 tabulators.

Bennett told The Epoch Times on Monday that the audit may last longer than originally planned. An analysis of the equipment used in the 2020 election was completed over the weekend, but reviewing other materials will need more time, he said.

President Joe Biden was the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Maricopa County in decades.

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Tonight the DOJ has announced they are ready and willing to get involved in the election audit.
Damn I wish they would be met by 500 or more armed State militia from Az and the surrounding States.
The DOJ has absolutely no business messing with a State issue...


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BREAKING NEWS: Democrats want US Department of Justice to interfere in audit, send federal monitors. Democrat lies may lead to DOJ legal challenge of AZ Court-approved right of AZ Senate to continue audit. AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward reports on America's Aud


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What is being hidden?

Withheld routers the latest of many roadblocks to Arizona Senate's audit of 2020 election

County attorney claims routers present "security risk," though judge last month ordered surrender of confidential materials.

Officials in Maricopa County, Ariz., threw up another roadblock before the state Senate's 2020 election audit this week, refusing to surrender a portion of subpoenaed materials due to the alleged security risks they pose.
That refusal came in the form of a letter on Monday from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office that cited "a significant security risk to law enforcement data utilized by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as well as numerous federal agencies."
In its subpoena, the Arizona State Senate had asked for, in part, "access or control of all routers, tabulators or combinations thereof, used in connection with the administration of the 2020 election, and the public IP of the router."
The Monday letter from the MCAO said the county was refusing to hand over those routers or even digital copies of them, citing an alleged "security risk" associated with the hardware.
County spokesman Fields Moseley told Just the News on Thursday that "the routers the Senate subpoena commanded the County produce support [more than 50] departments, not just elections operations," including "critical law enforcement data that, by law, cannot be disclosed, as well as Maricopa County residents' protected health information and full social security numbers."
"By providing the routers, or even virtual images of routers, sensitive data and the lives of law enforcement personnel could be endangered," he added.
That explanation would appear to conflict with the February ruling of Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason in which the judge ordered Maricopa to comply with the state Senate's subpoena. Addressing the county's numerous objections to the subpoena, Thomason argued that Maricopa's claims of confidentiality concerns do not preempt the requirements of the subpoena.
"The Senators had the power to issue the Subpoenas and have the statutory power to enforce those Subpoenas in the manner set forth in the statutes," Thomason wrote. "The Subpoenas are, in essence, the equivalent of a Court order, requiring production of certain information. The County cannot avoid a subpoena based on statutes that require that the material being subpoenaed be kept confidential."
Thomason's ruling constituted "a minute entry that the subpoenas are legitimate and enforceable by the Senate," Moseley said. "Maricopa County has worked hard to comply with the demands of the subpoena and tried to solve this security risk in a number of ways. We continue to study this issue."
Ken Bennett, the former Arizona Secretary of State and the current liaison between the audit team and the state Senate, said the legislature is working to obtain the routers in spite of the county's denial. "I don't know why the routers in a tabulation and election center have anything to do with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office or numerous federal agencies," Bennett told Just the News on Thursday.
Moseley said the county is "working with the IT professionals to better explain the function of these routers because a lot of people are asking."
If the county prevails, that could mean that a significant portion of the election is itself effectively un-auditable, insofar as a fair chunk of the election data may be stored on hardware shielded by adjacent confidentiality claims.
The Arizona audit has been the most high-profile effort by Republicans yet to investigate the results of last year's election to ensure that the official outcome of that race was properly certified, with the router controversy being just one of many roadblocks thrown up by the county in the last several months.
State Senate Republicans fought for several months to secure the audit, battling the issue out in Arizona court before getting the green light earlier this year.
A further legal challenge by state Democrats came to an end this week with an agreement between the Arizona Democratic Party, state Senate President Karen Fann, and several other parties, including Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based security firm conducting the audit.
That agreement in part stipulated that Cyber Ninjas workers "will not compare signatures on early ballot envelopes with signatures from the voter registration file." The agreement also demanded that auditors put in place numerous security measures to ensure the integrity of the archived voting materials.
State Senate President Karen Fann told Just the News that signature verification will be undertaken "if necessary" and that nothing in the agreement precludes auditors from matching the signatures.
Fann said signature matching will only occur when the signature itself is unclear "or any other instance where we would need additional verification."
"Signatures are already captured on the ballot envelope images," she said. "If for some reason we cannot clearly see the signature image, then we can match with the actual envelope."
Cyber Ninjas' role in the audit has been controversial, in no small part due to claims from critics that the company is being unduly secretive about its funding sources.
Controversy has also intensified lately around Maricopa County's governance of the election. Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward on Wednesday posted a picture of what she claimed were "the servers for Maricopa Co elections" along with "external drives that were loaded w/ nightly early vote totals." She said she was told that the drives were "taken to an offsite 'undisclosed location' nightly 'for safety' by an employee or a Dominion contractor working for [the county]."
Fields expressly denied that any Dominion workers were involved in taking the results offsite. He said the county created "two daily backups of the Election with daily tabulation data," one of which was stored onsite and the other of which was stored at "a secure offsite location at a County facility" with "highly restricted access."
"The backup is created in the event there is a disaster (e.g., fire, flood) at MCTEC and the onsite servers are rendered unusable," he said.