The most populous county in Arizona is getting rid of all voting machines handed over to a GOP-led “audit” of 2020 presidential election results, saying the process compromised their security.
The proposal was announced in May by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. She claimed that the machines should be decertified because something may have been done that compromised their security.
The machines are secured by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida cybersecurity firm hired by Arizona’s Republican-controlled state legislature during the audit process. However, Hobbs said she had “grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines.”
Cyber Ninjas is headed up by Doug Logan. He is among those that highly doubt the 2020 election results. The company has zero previous experience in auditing elections, but Logan with his belief in the corrupted system was more than eager to have his firm conduct the task.
“Trustworthy elections are a sacred American tradition,” Logan said in a press release. “Our team’s goal will be to validate the results so we can confirm the effectiveness of existing legislation, or point out areas of potential legislative reform. We hope our findings will provide the election confidence that Arizona voters want.”
Still, their weak profile is inadequate when faced with skeptical opponents to the partisan audit, which led to the County Board’s latest decision in response to Hobbs.
“The Board shares your concerns,” attorney Joseph La Rue wrote in a letter to Hobbs on June 28, promising that the county “will not use the subpoenaed equipment in any future elections.”
The county board reasserted their decision in a press release announcing the replacement of the machines, saying that Maricopa County would “never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections.”
However, Senate President Karen Fann of Arizona saw the “concerns” as just excuses to bypass the fact that the voting devices are not reliable.
“If their machines can’t undergo a forensic audit to verify what happened in an election, then it never should have approved those machines to be used in an election in the first place,” Fann said.
The GOP-led subpoena was issued earlier this year after former President Trump and his supporters alleged that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
The effort to scan for irregularities in the ballots was argued to restore public trust in the election process.
“We all agree that we wanted to get our constituents answers to their questions,” Fann said earlier this year, referring to the voters who were not convinced of the November election results. “We have tens of thousands of voters who have questions, rightly so or not, about the electoral system in Arizona. And we just need to reinstill the confidence in that before we go on to another election.”
The audit will not overturn the election results, whatever the outcome. Rather, many Trump supporters wanted to inspire other key battleground states to conduct similar procedures to provide public confidence in the legitimacy of the voting process, according to Fox10 Phoenix.