The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been fighting the Arizona state Senate’s forensic audit of the November election from the get-go. Last week, the board refused to turn over routers the Senate had subpoenaed and claimed not to have the “passwords to access administrative control functions of election machines,” according to the Epoch Times.
You might wonder, “Why are they fighting so hard to withold information if there is nothing to hide.”
The Maricopa County audit team discovered on Wednesday that “a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle” had been deleted days before county election officials were scheduled to hand over the election equipment for forensic review.
The team broke the news on social media, saying that this was a “spoliation of evidence.” A screenshot provided by the Maricopa audit Twitter page shows that all of the data had been “modified” on April 12.
After the team discovered that the database had been deleted, Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate, sent a letter to the chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers, demanding some answers.
“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” she began. “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,” Fann wrote. “Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?”
“To date, attorneys for Maricopa County [Board of Supervisors] 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,’” Fann said.
“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,” she continued.
“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,” Fann wrote.
“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,” she added. “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 also informed Sellers that Cyber Ninjas, the independent contractor hired by the state Senate to assist in conducting the audit, had “become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots.”
Fann’s complete letter, including all exhibits, is available for viewing by the public.