New evidence has emerged showing that Maricopa County election officials tampered with election records a few days prior to turning over equipment to the Arizona Senate for the audit.
Before the machines were delivered to the Senate, an administrator deleted an entire directory full of election databases. According to the official Twitter account of the Maricopa County audit, this may amount to destruction of evidence.
“Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence!” the tweet read.
Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence! pic.twitter.com/mY0fmmFXAm
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 13, 2021
In a letter written to Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Jack Sellers, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann demanded an explanation as to why the databases had been deleted.
“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” Fann wrote.
Her letter continued:
This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena. In addition, the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, “Results Tally and Reporting,” is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database. This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed. Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?
Fann also asked the county for an explanation for two more significant problems that were uncovered during the audit, including the county’s outright refusal to comply with legislative subpoenas.
To date, attorneys for Maricopa County have refused to produce virtual images of routers used in connection with the general election, relying on a conclusory and unsupported assertion that providing the routers would somehow “endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, their operations, or the protected health information and personal data of Maricopa County’s citizens.” If true, the fact that Maricopa County stores on its routers substantial quantities of citizens’ and employees’ highly sensitive personal information is an alarming indictment of the County’s lax data security practices, rather than of the legislative subpoenas.
Similarly, the County’s assertion that producing the internet routers for inspection would cost up to $6,000,000 seems at odds with Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue’s prior representation to Audit Liaison Ken Bennett that the routers already had been disconnected from the County’s network and were prepared for imminent delivery to the Senate.
Nevertheless, in an effort to resolve the dispute regarding production of the routers, we propose that agents of CyFIR, an experienced digital forensics firm and subcontractor of Cyber Ninjas, review virtual images of the relevant routers in Maricopa County facilities and in the presence of representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Such an arrangement would permit Maricopa County to retain custody and monitor the review of router data, while ensuring that the Senate may access the information it requires—and to which it is constitutionally entitled—to successfully complete its audit. The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election.
Separately, Maricopa County has refused to provide the passwords necessary to access vote tabulation devices. Its attorneys’ insistence that the County does not have custody or control of this information is belied by the County’s conduct of its own audits, which, if they were as comprehensive as they purported to be, almost certainly would have entailed use of the passwords to examine the tabulation devices, and it strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion.
Fann’s next question for the county concerned “anomalies” found in the chain of custody of ballots. “As the audit has progressed, the Senate’s contractors have become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots,” she wrote.
In a tweet, Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona GOP, stated that the irregularities exposed by the Senate will help the state to restore “election integrity,” and “voter confidence.”
🚨 WOW! Letter from Senate President @FannKfann to BOS regarding significant “irregularities” in Maricopa County. #AmericasAudit will help to restore #ElectionIntegrity & #VoterConfidence! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/12RE2k2ZXk
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) May 13, 2021
The chairwoman also came to the same conclusion that most conservatives have known for a long time: the attempts by Democrats to interfere with investigations and audits of the 2020 election show that they are clearly trying to hide something.
No wonder Maricopa County & the Democrats have been trying to prevent this audit…
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) May 13, 2021