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    Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County over its administration of the midterm elections. Lake, who has vocally cast doubts regarding her loss to Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Arizona Superior Court. In it, she is suing Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder, and other officials. Lake is asking the court to require that the officials produce records on how they conducted the midterm elections. Republican candidate for Arizona governor Kari Lake (left) has refused to concede to Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs, raising concerns of election integrity. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) TRAVIS TRITT OFFERS ADVICE TO KARI LAKE: DO NOT CONCEDE ARIZONA’S GOVERNOR RACE “Given instances of misprinted ballots, the commingling of counted and uncounted ballots, and long lines discouraging people from voting, as demonstrated in the attached declarations, these records are necessary for Plaintiff to determine the full extent of the problems identified and their impacts on electors,” the suit reads. The lawsuit also asks the court to require that records be...
    Voters encountered problems casting their ballots at 70 of the 223 vote centers in Maricopa County on election day, resulting in long lines and concerns that ballots ended up not tabulated or “misread,” and commingled with ballots that had already been tabulated. Averaged together, the problems occurred in areas with well over 300 percent more registered Republicans than Democrats. Of those 70 precincts affected, 59 were in heavily Republican-voting areas, and two were republican-leaning but not heavily, with only nine from Democrat-leaning or solidly Democrat areas. Arizona Corporation Commissioner Jim O’Connor, who has led the effort to stop the use of electronic voting machine tabulators, said that county officials must resign due to the problems. “Voters of all political parties have been damaged with the gross incompetence or worse conducted by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, County Recorder and Election Director of the 2022 General Election,” he told The Arizona Sun Times. “Reports continue to flood in detailing abuses of voters and our once trusted election procedures. I encourage current office holders at the County to resign immediately. Should...
    Having invoked Arizona Revised Statutes Section 16-1021, which allows the attorney general to "enforce the provisions of this title through civil and criminal actions" in any election for state office, the AGO demanded answers about: Election Day ballot-on-demand printer configuration settings; Election Day "check-out" procedures; and the apparent contravention of statutory guidelines and failure to segregate, count, tabulate, tally, and transport ballots that voters were otherwise unable to have tabulated using on-site tabulators. Wright requested that a response be given on or before Nov. 28. \u201cBREAKING: The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General\u2019s Office has officially demanded a response from Maricopa County "pertaining to issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County."\u201d — Charlie Kirk (@Charlie Kirk) 1668907097 Printer problemsWright stated that at least 60 voting locations had problems with their ballot-on-demand printers, "which appeared to have resulted in ballots that were unable to be read by on-site ballot tabulators."According to Votebeat Arizona, vote-counting machines had trouble tabulating ballots on Election Day "because the timing marks on the ballot — the...
    by John Solomon   The Arizona attorney general’s office has opened an inquiry into Maricopa County’s handling of the mid-term elections, demanding a full report of well-publicized irregularities and warning there is evidence of “statutory violations.” The letter from Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s election integrity unit marks a major escalation in the dispute over how voters were treated on Election Day in the state’s largest county, where scores of ballot tabulators had problems because of printing problems. The problems have delayed the declaration of a winner in the razor-thin state attorney general’s race and led GOP gubernatorial candidate KariLake to question as premature the media’s declaration that her opponent, Democrat Katie Hobbs, won that race. The letter sent late Saturday from Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright to the county’s chief civil division attorney, Thomas Liddy, demanded a full report on how the tabulator and printer issues were handled as well a copy of each voting location’s Official Ballot Report, including any discrepancies and explanations. Wright demanded the evidence be turned over prior to the county sending its final canvas fir...
    L: Kari Lake, Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. R: Katie Hobbs, Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) defeated former television news anchor Kari Lake (R) to become Arizona’s next governor, NBC News projects. Polls over the past few months showed Hobbs and Lake trading single digit leads back and forth, almost all within the margin of error, and RealClearPolitics rated the race as a “Toss Up.” In the end, Hobbs prevailed. The campaign was a highly contentious one, with Hobbs refusing to debate Lake over the Republican’s promotion of former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud in the 2020 election — a decision that even Democrats openly questioned, wondering whether it was wise to cede any ground to Lake and worrying that Hobbs’ campaign appeared to be too “low key.” Still, Hobbs defended her choice as necessary to avoid the “spectacle” Lake’s election denialism would create, in consideration of Hobbs’ current role as secretary of state, which includes overseeing Arizona’s elections. Lake has loudly called for Hobbs to recuse herself from that...
    Midterm polls are closed in Arizona and will not be reopening after a judge denied Republicans' request to extend voting hours from 7pm to 10pm following malfunctions in 20 percent of voting machines in the state's largest county Maricopa. Lawyers for Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Senate candidate Blake Masters, both Republicans, requested that polls be kept open for an additional three hours. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Ryan denied this request. The judge said he did not see evidence that people were denied the right to cast their ballot.  Republican Arizona candidates Kari Lake (left) and Blake Masters (right) were denied their emergency lawsuit requesting polling places be kept open until 10pm due to malfunctioning voting machines in Maricopa County In Arizona's largest county of Maricopa, 20 percent of the 223 voting centers had machines that were malfunctioning. Pictured: Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the 2022 midterms in Maricopa County in Cave Creek, Arizona on Tuesday
    John Moore/Getty Images. A judge in Maricopa County, Arizona rejected Republican efforts to keep the polls open later due to problems earlier in the day with some of the tabulation machines, pointing out that there was no evidence any voter was actually denied the right to vote. The lawsuit had been filed by the Arizona Republican Party, joined by the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the campaigns for GOP Senate nominee Blake Masters and GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake, and had requested that the end of voting hours be extended from 7 pm MT to 10 pm MT. The issue with the tabulation machines was caused by a printer that did not print darkly enough for the machines to read the ballot, but it was resolved and no one was not able to vote, Maricopa County officials had pointed out, and they were able to fix the issue with the printers. There are 223 voting precincts in Maricopa County and voters were select where they wanted to vote. The temporary problems with the tabulation machines affected about...
    The Republican National Committee is seeking a three-hour extension to voting hours in Maricopa County, Arizona, after a problem with vote tabulators led to increased scrutiny and long voter lines in the state's most populous county. A judge in Maricopa County called an emergency hearing late Tuesday with only hours before the polls in the Grand Canyon state closed but declined to extend the deadline, according to Politico reporter Kyle Cheney. HAPPENING NOW: Emergency hearing in Maricopa County about claims of voting tabulator issues. RNC seeking a 3 hour extension of voting hours. County and Kelly cmapaign saying the complaint is nonsense, voting centers have been open and operational all day with limited issues.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 9, 2022 Officials in Maricopa County said they were experiencing difficulties with vote tabulators at about 20% of polling locations, according to the county elections department. The county's Twitter account released a video showing elections board Chairman Bill Gates and County Recorder Stephen Richer explaining the problem and saying that uncounted ballots would be transported to a central location to...
    Election officials in Arizona's Maricopa County have identified the problem plaguing some of its ballot tabulation machines on Tuesday, noting they have fixed the issue at about half the locations experiencing delays. Maricopa officials have changed the printer settings at the affected voting centers, which “seems to have resolved this issue,” the county said in a tweet. The county began reporting problems earlier Tuesday when some ballot tabulators were malfunctioning, prompting election officials to tell voters to either wait for the machines to come back online or to vote at another location. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE: UPDATES FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AHEAD OF CRUCIAL ELECTION “It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on ballots,” the county said. “This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations.” .@maricopavote has identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers. County technicians have changed the printer settings, which seems to have resolved this issue. It appears...
    Kari Lake, the Arizona Republican running for governor on an all-out “Big Lie” election denial and ultra-MAGA platform, got a warning from an NBC News reporter after she spent the past day spreading election disinformation and fear. “To be clear, the lines are not acceptable,” NBC News’ Vaughn Hilliard told Lake on Election Day as she was speaking to reporters. “At the same time, there is no evidence to suggest this is not going to be an accurate election.” Lake, a former reporter, was quick to lash out. “I haven’t suggested that. We’re going to see what happens,” she said. READ MORE: ‘This Is Who They Are’: Critics Blast Kari Lake for Mocking Paul Pelosi After Brutally Violent Assault But she has suggested the election might not be accurate. She’s also said, “I’m going to win the election and I’ll accept that result.” Minutes earlier she promised a “come to Jesus” reckoning, after saying, “I woke up this morning and within minutes of the polls opening up I started getting people calling. Voters in tears, calling my personal numbers, saying...
    by Charlotte Hazard   At least 20% of the polling stations on Tuesday in Arizona’s Maricopa County reportedly have problems. The problems are being reported by local TV station Fox10 based on information from county officials. The county’s Elections Department post a video on Twitter midday in which officials said they are working as quickly as they can to fix the issue. However, the department has not confirmed with Just the New how many polling stations have problems. In addition, the locations of the polling locations have not been verified, but the county Recorder’s Officer told that technicians were called to fix the machines that aren’t working. Here is a message from Chairman Bill Gates and Recorder Stephen Richer with an update for @maricopacounty voters on Elections Day. pic.twitter.com/OkQczCklGb — Maricopa County Elections Department (@MaricopaVote) November 8, 2022 “There’s one thing that we wanted to address to make people aware of today and that has to do with our tabulators,” Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Bill Gates said in the video. “We’ve got about 20% of the...
    Automatic vote-counting machines went down Tuesday morning at some 20 percent of polling places in Maricopa County, Arizona, a locale that has become a hotspot for far-right conspiracy theorists looking to prove fantastical allegations of electoral fraud by a supposed cloak-and-dagger cabal of furtive Democratic Party saboteurs. “It’s not like both of the tabulators in this 20 percent of locations are having these issues,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said at a press conference after the issue was reported. “It may be one out of five, two out of five.” Gates also assured voters there is a “redundancy in place” for anyone who can’t run their ballot through the tabulator: “Just slip your ballot into the secure box directory below the tabulator to be verified and counted later.” Tabulation equipment in Maricopa is tested in advance, and bipartisan teams appointed and overseen by both political parties then hand-count the machines’ results to further verify them. In the 2020 elections, as well as the recent August primary, Maricopa had a 100 percent match, according to Gates. Appearing beside...
    GOP nominee for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, on Tuesday morning boosted a misleading claim from Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk that “A poll worker in all-important Maricopa County tells Election Day voters the machines are broken.” Kirk tweeted a video of an election worker explaining that the polling station’s tabulator was not working, which meant that voters instead of scanning their own ballots would need to leave them in a box to be manually counted. Voting in Maricopa County has not been affected by the machines not working, only the counting has been impacted. Lake retweeted Kirk, writing, “I am getting flooded with calls and text messages from people who are having trouble voting all over Maricopa County.” “THIS is why we must reform our elections,” Lake argued. I am getting flooded with calls and text messages from people who are having trouble voting all over Maricopa County. THIS is why we must reform our elections. https://t.co/oFFElskQFs — Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 8, 2022 Former President Donald Trump also got in the action, writing on...
    As midterm voting kicked off around the country Tuesday, pockets of problems have already been reported in Arizona, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  In Arizona's Maricopa County - the most populated county, which has the ability to swing an election between Republicans and Democrats - the chairman of the county supervisors Bill Gates said that 20 percent of the 223 voting centers had machines that were malfunctioning.  In a video posted to Twitter Gates explained that about one in five ballots at those centers wasn't being properly read by the 'tabulators.'  'We're trying to fix this problem as quickly as possible,' Gates said. 'And we also have a redundancy in place.'  He then showed how voters could place their ballots instead in a secure box so they could be tabulated later.  Registered voters in Maricopa County can go to any voting center in the county.  Still, Republicans on Twitter were furious at the news - as Arizona hosts both a competitive Senate and gubernatorial race.  In Arizona's Maricopa County 20 percent of the 223 voting centers had machines that were malfunctioning...
    Kari Lake made headlines last week for a confrontational interview with CNN’s Dana Bash about her claims about the 2020 election, and on Sunday, the Republican candidate for Arizona governor faced off with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl for Round Two. Last Sunday, Bash grilled Lake over her baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, and asked her three separate times if she would concede if her opponent, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, won. Lake dodged the question until Bash asked it for a third time, and finally responded, “I’m going to win the election and I will accept that result.” After that interview, Lake claimed that CNN had “turned down” her audio, an accusation which CNN Communications’ Twitter account refuted by posting the full clip of the segment. “Hi Ms. Lake,” the account added as a comment. “Here is your full live interview on CNN. As you can see, there were no audio issues. Thank you for joining us this morning.” Audio problems or no, Lake sang a very similar tune with Karl on...
    One of the most conspiracy-minded “con artists” who sought to elevate and enrich himself by posing as a technical expert during the Arizona Senate GOP’s flawed review of the 2020 presidential election is returning to Maricopa County on October 1, where he is pushing a new – and easily-debunked – conspiracy theory about how 2020 votes were forged. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. “I’m just going to explain a few things here that I think you need to look at. But there’s many – there’s much more work we have to do,” said Jovan Pulitzer, in a video posted online this week (and then taken down) that was recorded by AUDIT Elections USA, an Arizona-based advocacy group seeking more transparent vote counts. “I’m doing this because we can’t move on.” Pulitzer, who rented a theater in Tempe where he will speak and host other election deniers, is alleging that a handful of accessible voting stations that assist voters with disabilities were used to hijack votes for Joe Biden. These computers have...
    Election officials around the country, including the Maricopa County Recorder, saw a flurry of public records requests at the end of August asking for the “cast vote record” (CVR) from the 2020 presidential election. The requests came after My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is actively investigating election discrepancies in 2020, urged attendees at his Moment of Truth Summit in August to request them. The CVR reveals the type of ballot used by each voter and how they cast their votes, without exposing their identity. Walter C. Daugherity, who has a background in computers and engineering, two degrees from Harvard University, and experience in artificial intelligence and quantum computing, submitted a declaration about his analysis of CVRs in a lawsuit filed by Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Trump-endorsed candidate for State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), who is running for Arizona secretary of state. Their complaint aims to stop the use of electronic voting machine readers in the November 8 election. In his declaration, Daugherity stated his analysis “shows to a reasonable degree of scientific and mathematical certainty that...
    The Republican National Committee sent a letter to the Maricopa County Elections Department (MCED) demanding to know why MCED appears to have broken the law by assigning significantly more Democrats than Republicans to poll worker positions for the August primary election. The lopsided hiring practices came by the Elections Department to light through a public records request by the Maricopa County Republican Party. State law requires that each county board handling the election must be “comprised of two members of different political parties,” but the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) discovered through public records requests that 857 Democrats were hired for those positions, while only 712 Republicans were. At 11 voting centers, no Republicans were hired. Eric Spencer, an attorney for the National Republican Committee, sent a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office requesting a written explanation for the discrepancy by Friday, including why so many of the names provided by the MCRC were not utilized. In a letter obtained by The Arizona Sun Times, he appeared to allege MCED violated the law. “It is difficult to attribute this...
    A felon in Arizona has been sentenced to six months in prison after illegally voting in the 2020 election. “Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that Victor Manuel Aguirre, age 47, of Sahuarita, was convicted and sentenced to prison for illegally casting a ballot in the 2020 General Election on August 29, 2022,” according to a Wednesday release from Brnovich’s office. Aguirre pleaded guilty to the rap, which stems from his registering to vote from prison in 2020. Felons are not permitted to vote in Arizona, unless they have gone through a formal process of having their voting rights restored. “Aguirre had been charged by a State Grand Jury in August of 2021, which alleged that Aguirre falsely completed a voter registration form while he was an inmate in the Pima County Jail in September of 2020,” the press release said. “Aguirre completed a registration form indicating that he had not been convicted of a felony or that his rights had been restored. Aguirre, however, had previously been convicted of felony offenses and had not had his rights restored.” The Pima...
    Karen Fann, president of the GOP-led state Senate called the decision a 'win.' Republicans in the Arizona state Senate are officially off the hook for the $2.8 million in costs needed to replace hundreds of voting machines ruined during the GOP-led, scandal-ridden "audit" of the 2020 election results in the state, the Arizona Republic reported. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in August to force GOP state Senators — who had signed an agreement saying that they would be responsible for any costs incurred from their "forensic audit" of the state's 2020 election — to pay the millions in costs for the machines. The county had determined that the machines were no longer usable after audit workers compromised the tabulators and left them vulnerable to security risks. Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel informed the GOP state Senators in August: The County incurred costs as a result of its election equipment being compromised while in the control of the Senate. Specifically, and as explained more fully below, the Senate...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest county is demanding the state Senate pay $2.8 million to cover the costs of replacing vote-counting machines that the state’s top election official says cannot be used again because of their handling during the Senate Republicans’ 2020 election review. Maricopa County’s GOP-controlled Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to seek reimbursement for machines that Senate Republicans gave to contractors led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said the machines were compromised because they were given to people not certified to handle them. She said she would move to decertify them, blocking their use in future elections, if the county didn’t replace them. The county is leasing the machines from Dominion Voting Systems. Last month, the county Board of Supervisors agreed to buy the compromised machines from Dominion, which will provide new equipment for use through the 2022 election, when the lease agreement expires. The election review is being funded almost entirely by groups led by prominent supporters of President Donald Trump who have pushed false narratives claiming the 2020...
    Maricopa County approved a financial claim against the Arizona Senate for reimbursement of the nearly $3 million spent to replace election equipment that was decommissioned due to the Republican-led chamber's 2020 election audit. The county's board of supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to serve Senate President Karen Fann a notice of the claim, which seeks $2,833,220 for the cost of replacing machines "rendered useless" by the audit. County supervisors emphasized the county was not filing a lawsuit against the state Senate with the financial claim. Instead, they sought to hold Fann accountable to an agreement she signed in April to indemnify the county of audit costs. However, supervisor Bill Gates said the claim demonstrates the county reserves the right to sue if it has to "work out the payment" for the decommissioned machines. ARIZONA SENATE PRESIDENT SAYS MARICOPA AUDIT REPORT BEING PREPARED The Washington Examiner reached out to Fann for comment. At least one Republican state senator, Wendy Rogers, stated her opposition to the claim. "What a joke. No," she tweeted ....
    Washington (CNN)Maricopa County and Dominion Voting Systems are rebuffing the latest subpoenas from Arizona's GOP-led Senate for election materials related to the so-called audit of 2020 election ballots.In a defiant letter sent Monday in response to the state Senate's request, county Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers wrote: "If you haven't figured out the election in Maricopa County was free, fair and accurate yet, I'm sure you never will. 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.""The Board has real work to do and little time to entertain this adventure in never-never land. Please finish whatever it is that you are doing and release whatever it is you are going to release," he added. "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."More on Voting Rights John Lewis aide hopes young Americans use lessons in posthumous graphic novel to change lawmakers' minds on voting rights Third Black...
    Pennsylvania's Department of State warned counties against giving "third-party entities" access to voting machines shortly after a key Republican lawmaker requested “information and materials” from three counties for a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 election and 2021 primary. Complying with such a demand would lead the department, led by acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, to decertify the equipment as they would be "considered no longer secure or reliable to use in subsequent elections," according to a directive dated Thursday. "County Boards of Elections shall not provide physical, electronic, or internal access to third parties seeking to copy and/or conduct an examination of state-certified electronic voting systems, or any components of such systems, including but not limited to: election management software and systems, tabulators, scanners, counters, automatic tabulating equipment, voting devices, servers, ballot marking devices, paper ballot or ballot card printers, portable memory media devices (thumb drives, flash drives and the like), and any other hardware, software or devices being used as part of the election management system," the directive said. Pennsylvania "will not reimburse any cost of replacement voting...
                        Maricopa County intends to replace all of its election machines, due to concerns that the audit compromised the equipment. The county’s Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5B voting system was turned over to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott) and Senate Majority Leader Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert) through subpoena earlier this year. The Senate contracted with a private company, Cyber Ninjas, to conduct the audit. Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel confirmed on Monday the county’s intent to replace their entire fleet of voting machines in a reply letter to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. [Your letter] expressed your concerns about any future use by Maricopa County of the election equipment that was subpoenaed by The Arizona Senate, because they placed it under the control of persons not certified to handle election equipment in the United States, such as the Cyber Ninjas and others. You also stated that, if the County intended to use the equipment in future Arizona elections, you would consider beginning decertification proceedings. The Board shares your concerns. It...
    Officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, said Monday that the state's most populous county will replace the voting equipment that was turned over to private contractors for an audit of the 2020 election.  The Republican-led state Senate took control of the county's 2.1 million ballots and voting equipment by subpoena earlier this year. In May, Arizona's Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs urged the county "not to redeploy any of the subpoenaed machines that it turned over to the Senate in any future elections" because it's not clear what procedures were in place "to ensure physical security and proper chain of custody." Maricopa County attorneys said Monday that the Republican-dominated county Board of Supervisors shares Hobbs' concerns. It is not clear at this point how much it may cost to replace the machines or who will pay for the replacements.  "The voters of Maricopa County can rest assured, the County will never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections," Maricopa County said in a statement. "As a result, the County will not use the subpoenaed...
    The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors said it will not reuse hundreds of voting machines subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Monday announced that it will not reuse hundreds of vote-counting machines it fears were tainted by the shoddy Republican-forced audit of the county's 2020 election results, the Arizona Republic reported on Monday. According to reports, the cost of the machines that won't be recertified was $6 million. This comes as the latest scandal in the already scandal-plagued audit that opponents say has not followed proper procedures or even election law, and that experts say is being done solely to back up Donald Trump's lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him through fraud. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told the Republican-majority Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in May that she feared the audit — which was not following proper protocols and was being run by a company owned by a Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist — had compromised the machines and made them...
    Maricopa County announced Monday it would replace all of the voting machines used in the 2020 Republican-led election audit due to concerns the handlers of the equipment were allegedly “not certified” and that the systems could be “compromised.” “The voters of Maricopa County can rest assured, the County will never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections,” the county said in a statement. Maricopa County will never use compromised equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections. As a result, the County will not use the tabulation equipment subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate in any future elections. Read more: https://t.co/47bg4J00MG — Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) June 28, 2021 Democratic Arizona Sec. of State Kate Hobbs sent a letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in May expressing concerns about the election equipment that was subpoenaed by the state. “I have grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines, given that the chain of custody, a critical security tenet, has been compromised and election officials do not know what was...
    Arizona’s Maricopa County announced Monday that it plans to replace all of the voting machines that were turned over to the state Senate and other officials overseeing the audit of 2020 presidential election results.  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors released its response to a May letter from Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), in which she expressed concerns “regarding the security and integrity of these machines, given that the chain of custody, a critical security tenet, has been compromised and election officials do not know what was done to the machines while under Cyber Ninjas’ control.”  In response, the county told Hobbs it “shares your concerns” and added that the board acknowledges the secretary of state’s “authority as Arizona’s Chief Election Officer to determine what equipment is acceptable for use in Arizona’s elections.”  “Accordingly, I write to notify you that Maricopa County will not use the subpoenaed election equipment in any future election,” Monday’s letter added.  In a press release announcing the decision, the county vowed to “never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair...
    Voting machines subpoenaed by the Republican-led Arizona Senate for its audit of the 2020 election will be removed from service, Maricopa County officials announced on Monday. Maricopa County responded to a May 20 letter from Arizona's Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who advised the county to replace its voting machines over concerns the review compromised their "security and integrity" as the audit included the capturing of information from the equipment leased from Dominion Voting Systems, a voting machine company that has faced and engaged in litigation to fight a wave of election fraud claims. "The voters of Maricopa County can rest assured, the County will never use equipment that could pose a risk to free and fair elections. The County recognizes Secretary Hobbs' authority under A.R.S. § 16-442 to certify equipment for use in Arizona’s elections. As a result, the County will not use the subpoenaed equipment in any future elections," the county said in a statement on Monday. "Maricopa County noted this potential risk in February when it asked the court for guidance on the Senate subpoenas. Since...
    Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs Arizona Senate Republicans intended their fake “audit” of Maricopa County’s 2020 election to carry costs in voters’ confidence in elections and to undermine the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s win in the state. But it will carry major financial costs for the state as well. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has now told Maricopa County that all of the voting equipment seized for the “audit” should be replaced, due to serious security concerns. In a Thursday letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Hobbs wrote, “I have grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines, given that the chain of custody, a critical security tenet, has been compromised and election officials do not know what was done to the machines while under Cyber Ninjas’ control.” Given that the head of Cyber Ninjas has publicly embraced “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theories and retweeted predictions that recounting Arizona would deliver Donald Trump hundreds of thousands of extra votes, it’s not a stretch to worry about what the company is doing intentionally to the machines—to say nothing of the...
    Secretary of State Katie Hobbs says she has 'grave concerns regarding the security and integrity of these machines' after the GOP audit and recommended that new machines be purchased. The Republican-led audit of Arizona's 2020 election results has run into more problems, after Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the auditors carelessness with voting equipment left machines vulnerable to tampering and recommended that entirely new equipment be purchased for future elections. Hobbs, a Democrat, made the comments in a Thursday letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, saying she has "grave concerns" about the security of the equipment after it was reviewed by Cyber Ninjas, the firm Republican state Senate President Karen Fann hired to run the audit she forced. Cyber Ninjas is run by a Donald Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist who falsely believes the 2020 election was stolen. Hobbs wrote in the letter, obtained by a local Arizona television station: Unfortunately, after a loss of physical custody and control, no comprehensive methods exist to fully rehabilitate the compromised equipment...
    Washington (CNN)The Republican official who heads Maricopa County, Arizona's election department offered a forceful defense of his office on Monday after former President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the county's "entire Database" had been deleted. "At some point, we are humans, it has to stop," Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder, told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront.""There are good people working here in Maricopa County, and I was tired of them being defamed," he said. "That's my team. That's my office. That's my friends."His comments come after Trump on Saturday falsely claimed in a statement that the "entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!" Richter responded by calling the claim "unhinged" on Twitter. "I'm literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now," he wrote. "We can't indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country."Read MoreTrump's statement amplified claims made by Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann in a letter last week that a screenshot offered evidence that election files had been deleted. Maricopa County's Board...
    Former President Donald Trump released a statement Thursday about new developments in the Arizona State Senate audit of the November 2020 election results in Maricopa County. “A devastating letter written by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on voting irregularities, and probably fraud, in Maricopa County during the 2020 Presidential Election. Even the database was illegally deleted after the subpoena to produce the information,” the former president said in the statement. As Breitbart News reported: The president of the Arizona State Senate asked the chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors in a letter on Tuesday to address “three serious issues that have arisen in the course of the Senate’s ongoing audit of the returns of the November 3, 2020 general election in Maricopa County. ” Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann identified those three issues in her letter to Maricopa County Supervisors Board Chairman Jack Sellers as: (1) ongoing non-compliance with legislative subpoenas, (2) chain of custody and ballot organization anomalies, and (3) deleted data bases. “Senate President Fann has invited Maricopa County officials to a public hearing on May 18...
                      by Debra Heine  Maricopa County election officials tampered with election records just days before the equipment was delivered to the Arizona Senate for the 2020 election audit, according to the Senate Liaison for the Maricopa County 2020 Forensic Election Audit. Before the machines were turned over, a directory full of election databases was deleted by an administrator, resulting in spoliation of evidence, the Maricopa County Audit’s official Twitter account alleged in a tweet late Wednesday. 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 State Senate President Karen Fann wrote a letter to Jack Sellers, the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, demanding an explanation as to why the databases were deleted. “We have recently discovered that the entire “Database” directory from the D drive of the machine “EMSPrimary” has been deleted,” Fann wrote. This removes election related...
    Dominion Voting Systems released a statement Thursday calling the audit of the 2020 election in Arizona's Maricopa County an "irresponsible act" after Senate President Karen Fann questioned whether someone deleted a main database from the Election Management System last month. "Dominion voluntarily provides access to voting machine equipment and information to auditors who have been accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We happily did so with the independent EAC-accredited providers that Maricopa County hired for system auditing earlier this year," the company wrote in a statement obtained by 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik, one day after Fann raised questions with the Maricopa County Elections Department. Fann alleged the Senate-commissioned auditing firm Cyber Ninjas discovered an "entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted," claiming the missing directory is covered by the Senate's subpoena, which allows the group to seize elections materials for the audit. The Senate president sent the letter to Jack Sellers, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, requesting a meeting between Senate and county officials at the state Capitol...
    Erin Coates, The Western Journal May 6, 2021 0 Comments The Biden administration on Wednesday expressed concerns about ballot security and voter intimidation as the Arizona state Senate authorizes a private audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. In a letter to Republican state Sen. Karen Fann, the Justice Department raised “two issues of potential noncompliance with federal laws” related to the audit. “The first issue relates to a number of reports suggesting that the ballots, elections systems, and election materials that are the subject of the Maricopa County audit are no longer under the ultimate control of state and local elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors at an insecure facility, and are at risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed,” Justice Department official Pamela Karlan wrote. Karlan also said the methods used by the group running the audit, Cyber Ninjas, raise concerns about “potential intimidation of voters.” A statement of work released by Cyber Ninjas said the firm has been working to “identify voter registrations that did not make sense, and then...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is siding with Republican legislators who are requesting access to election materials in Maricopa County. "Our filing today in the subpoena dispute between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the legislature details why the Arizona Legislature has constitutional authority to investigate the County's administration of elections," Brnovich tweeted. Our filing today in the subpoena dispute between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the legislature details why the Arizona Legislature has constitutional authority to investigate the County's administration of elections. Read amicus brief: https://t.co/lE1Tx9gOZu pic.twitter.com/M0i7NBjO88— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) December 30, 2020 The amicus curiae brief filed by Brnovich argues Maricopa County's contention that the Legislature lacks the power to issue subpoenas is mistaken. "The County incorrectly takes a narrow view of the legislative subpoena power," the amicus brief says. "The legislative power to issue subpoenas is inherent in the power to legislate. ... Consequently, the legislative subpoena power is 'broad' and 'encompasses inquiries concerning the administration of existing laws as well as proposed or possibly needed statutes.'" The announcement from Brnovich comes after a...
    A Maricopa County Superior Court judge tossed out the Arizona state Senate's request that he order local officials to allow access to voting machines and records to aid a GOP-led effort to audit the county's election results. In a ruling on Wednesday, Judge Randall Warner said state Senate President Karen Fann and Sen. Eddie Farnsworth did not follow the appropriate procedures to enforce a legislative subpoena. But they are allowed to refile their case, according to KTAR. Unless an update is filed, the matter will be dismissed on Feb. 1. The ruling is a setback for supporters of President Trump, as Congress is set to count and certify the Electoral College results on Jan. 6. Trump refuses to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, claiming the contest was stolen through massive voter fraud, although federal and state officials have said there is no evidence to support such a claim. Clint Hickman, the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, released a statement acknowledging the victory, saying the board is working "to protect both voter privacy and the...
    A trio of Arizona Republican congressmen — Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, and David Schweikert — have called for a “100% audit” of all ballots in Maricopa County due to what the lawmakers described as issues raised regarding the “integrity” of the Grand Canyon state’s “election systems.” Reps. Biggs (pictured, left), Gosar (pictured,r ight), and Schweikert sent a letter last week to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to request the would-be audit’s results to be compared to the current vote totals. “Americans and Arizonans must have full confidence in our election processes and systems in order to maintain the bedrock of our constitutional republic,” Biggs said in a statement Monday. “Although Arizona conducts elections with far more transparency and accountability than other states, there have been some issues raised about the integrity of some of our election systems within the state. For this reason, I am calling on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to go above and beyond to assure the public of the integrity of Maricopa County’s elections. Let’s leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of accountability and transparency.” The...
    Maricopa County Republican Party chair Rae Chornenky has resigned following reports she failed to attend a pre-election accuracy check of election equipment. “JUST IN #12News has learned that Maricopa County Republican Party chair Rae Chornenky has stepped down, apparently after GOP lawmaker learned that county party rep didn’t attend pre-election accuracy check of election equipment last month,” 12 News/KPNX TV’s Brahm Resnik reported this week: JUST IN #12News has learned that Maricopa County Republican Party chair Rae Chornenky has stepped down, apparently after GOP lawmaker learned that county party rep didnt attend pre-election accuracy check of election equipment last month. Maricopa Dem chair posted tweet that day pic.twitter.com/FR8exqIJnp — Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) November 11, 2020 On Monday, Arizona state Rep. Kelly Townsend (R) called for Chornenky’s resignation upon hearing the news. “I just found our [sic] that Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rae Chornenky failed to show up to certify the Dominion / Machines. For this reason, I call for her resignation, along with her 1st Vice Chair,” she said: I just found our that Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rae Chornenky...
    The chairwoman of the Maricopa County Republican Party in Arizona resigned after it came to light that she skipped a meeting ahead of Election Day that focused on testing the county's ballot tabulation machines. Rae Chornenky, an attorney, has often clashed with the party's further-right-leaning figures, the Arizona Republic reported. According to her LinkedIn, Chornenky has served as chairwoman of the Maricopa County GOP for about two years. She was the first woman to serve in the position in the state's most populous county. Democrats posted to social media that Chornenky had been absent from the preelection meeting. Calls for her to step down were supported by Chornenky's rival counterpart, Maricopa County Democratic Party Chairman Steven Slugocki, and Democratic state Rep. Kelly Townsend. "I just found [out] that Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rae Chornenky failed to show up to certify the Dominion / Machines. For this reason, I call for her resignation, along with her 1st Vice Chair." Townsend tweeted. I just found our that Maricopa County GOP Chairman Rae Chornenky failed to show up to certify the Dominion...
    Hours after news organization decision desks projected that Joe Biden won the presidential election, President Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit in Arizona seeking to count ballots that were purportedly rejected in Maricopa County, relying in part on witness affidavits related to so-called "SharpieGate" allegations. Details of the lawsuit center on whether poll workers improperly canceled voters' ballots. Trump allies such as American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp have used the #SharpieGate hashtag in recent days, and Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow's American Center for Law & Justice uploaded a video speculating, "SHARPIEGATE" - Is This the Voting Scandal of the Century?" The claims that the use of Sharpies for voting resulted in ballots being improperly thrown out were disputed by Arizona's Republican attorney general, Mark Brnovich, and Democratic secretary of state, Kathleen Hobbs. “Poll workers struggled to operate the new voting machines in Maricopa County, and improperly pressed and told voters to press a green button to override significant errors,” Matt Morgan, Trump 2020 campaign general counsel, said in a statement on Saturday. “The result is that the voting...
    Some experts propose reparations as solution for decades of racial health inequities 12 fast-food releases customers loved in 2020 Election protests live updates: Trump supporters rally outside Detroit voting count center; Biden voters throw dance party in Philly Protests that have formed in cities across the county since Election Day continued Friday as Vice President Joe Biden took the vote count lead ahead of President Donald Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Phoenix protesters want full, fair vote count USA TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Heres why USA TODAY cut away from and took down President Donald Trumps speech USA TODAY Jeh Johnson: Accepting election results is ‘our duty as Americans’ FOX News Importance of Black voters in the presidential race CBS News Steve Harrigan: ‘We have seen no concrete’ evidence of voter fraud FOX News Republican monitor impressed with Pittsburgh count Associated Press Trump is ‘on the defensive’ as vote count continues: John Yoo FOX News Men with...
    TRUMP supporters stormed voting centers in Arizona and Michigan as tensions in the Election reached breaking point - forcing one count to close. The fired-up crowds screamed "step the steal" and "stop the count" as Democrat Joe Biden closed in on victory in the too-close-to-call race to the White House. ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 25Trump supporters bang on the glass and chant slogans outside the TCF Center in DetroitCredit: AFP or licensors 25They screamed 'stop the vote' after storming the election counting center in the cityCredit: AP:Associated Press MAGA supporters protesting the results banged on glass doors at the Maricopa County Elections Department office in Phoenix, Arizona. At the time the center was closed to both the public and the press Joe Biden was ahead in the state by roughly 70,000 votes. A tweet from Maricopa's elections department said: "Staff will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the county. "We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the...
    Supporters of President Trump took to an Arizona elections center Wednesday night to demand that workers keep counting votes, according to multiple reports.  Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, located outside of Phoenix, Ariz. “Count those votes!” they were heard yelling, according to The Arizona Republic. ARIZONA AG INVESTIGATES WHETHER SHARPIE USERS' BALLOTS WERE REJECTED IN BATTLEGROUND STATE President Donald Trump supporters kneel as they rally, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) The protests came as the president claimed there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting in the state. Trump's team demanded a recount in Wisconsin and filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop ballots from being counted. Trump won Florida, Ohio, Texas and others, while Biden carried Arizona, Minnesota and New Hampshire, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.   The president's reelection campaign has maintained that Trump can win the state and called for heightened transparency into the counting of ballots there. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona, home to the state capital of Phoenix...
    By Mimi Dwyer PHOENIX (Reuters) - When a brass band, mariachi musicians and a folk dancer wearing a dress embroidered TU VOTO CUENTA -- "your vote counts" -- paraded through her West Phoenix neighborhood, Marizol Moreno, who had never before voted in a presidential election, came outside in her pajamas to watch. Moreno, who was born in California, had never been interested in politics, feeling both parties worked for people wealthier than her family. “I feel like my vote won’t count,” she said. But after her husband, father and several family members got coronavirus, she thought she needed to get more involved. Moreno, enthused by the voter outreach parade, planned to vote at her daughter’s school on Tuesday, probably for Joe Biden, because she wants a change. People like Moreno are exactly whom community organizers were trying to reach in the election’s final stretch in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and its suburbs. “The whole thing is designed to get people who normally wouldn't be outside of their homes to come out and engage,” said Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living...
    For the first time in state history, Arizona Democrats are outpacing Republicans in early voting with just five days left until Election Day.  In Maricopa County -- the Copper State's largest county and home to more than half of its 7.3 million population -- election officials reported that Democrats accounted for three percentage points more of the 1.1 million ballots received through Monday than Republicans. Some 39% of ballots were cast by Democrats, The Arizona Republic reported. TRUMP GIVES ARIZONA'S MCSALLY 'ONE MINUTE' ONSTAGE DURING RALLY AS SHE LAGS IN POLLS In a Wednesday statement, County Recorder Adrian Fontes said voters had already returned more early ballots than were received in all of 2016. Over 2 million early ballots were requested this year, and more than 1.26 million have already been submitted, Fontes said. Four years ago, 1,251,975 Maricopa County voters cast their ballot during the entire early-voting period. Election workers sort ballots Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) "Maricopa voters like to vote early, and this election has been no exception,” said Fontes....
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