Audits don’t discover any issues with Arizona elective tools

Two independent audits of elective equipment in Arizona’s most populous county did not find any modified software, malicious software, or improper metering equipment, and none of the computers or devices were connected to the Internet.

However, the Senate wants its own test, and a judge will decide whether to have access to ballot papers and other materials that Republican lawmakers seek.

The independent test results released by Maricopa County on Tuesday also included a “logic and accuracy test” from one of the certified companies that examined the devices. It confirmed several previous tests, monitored by the county and the Secretary of State of Arizona, which found that the tabulation equipment had correctly counted the votes. The hand counts of a sample of ballot papers were also perfect.

An accounting firm review of the county’s contract with its machine supplier Dominion Voting Systems is expected to be completed by March 31.

Republicans who control the Arizona Senate are calling for the county to hand over the vote counting machines and 2.1 million ballots so it can review the results that Democratic President Joe Biden won in Arizona.

Senate President Karen Fann said Tuesday the county had agreed to two independent forensic audits of the results, arguing that they did not.

“We agreed on that and we didn’t,” said Fann. “One of the companies that did this was a company that only certifies machines – they don’t audit.”

The Senate issued subpoenas in December and again in January demanding access to the county’s election papers. The county regulator provided tons of data but was unwilling to hand over the actual ballots or tabulation machines, saying the ballots were secret by law and the machines would be compromised.

The Senate fell one vote earlier this month when it found the Republican-dominated board was despised for failing to produce all of the material the subpoenas called for. The board has asked a court to block the subpoenas and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

District attorneys are asking a judge to overturn the subpoena, arguing that laws passed by law require that ballot papers be sealed after the election and that they can only be unsealed by court order and only for a recount or during an election campaign.

They claim Fann and other GOP lawmakers attempted an illegal recount.

Legislative advocates describe the arguments put forward by regulators as flawed, saying that the laws cited by the county are intended as restrictions on public access rather than access required by the same legislature that made the law.

Republicans chief executive Jack Sellers said the audits conducted by the only two federal electoral certified companies confirmed the November elections were free, fair, and accurate.

“There was no hacking or voting change in the 2020 elections,” Sellers said in a statement.

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