The Arizona audit is prompting strong reaction from Maricopa County election officials, as well as its media, legal and official allies.
Earlier this week, Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann summoned Maricopa County election officials to a meeting next week to “constructively resolve” irregularities uncovered in the election audit uncovered thus far, including thereported deletion of a ‘main database’ in the Election Management System (EMS).
“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” Fann wrote to Jack Sellers, chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, on Wednesday. “This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena.”
Fann’s letter also claims the EMS was missing the “Results Tally and Reporting” database.
“This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed,” Fann continued. “Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?”
Fann then invited the election officials to come to the Arizona State Capitol on May 18 to address the missing EMS files as well as other issues “without recourse to additional subpoenas or other compulsory process.” The Arizona State Senate president further highlighted election data irregularities.\
Donald Trump weighed in on the “devastating” findings alleged in the letter.
“A devastating letter written by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on voting irregularities, and probably fraud, in Maricopa County during the 2020 Presidential Election, Trump wrote. “Even the database was illegally deleted after the subpoena to produce the information. Senate President Fann has invited Maricopa County officials to a public hearing on May 18 to allow them the opportunity to try to explain what happened to the missing databases, ballots, and other significant issues.”
“The Fake News and Lamestream Media is doing everything they can not to cover this major story,” Trump continued. “They just refuse to talk or report about it. They don’t want the United States or World to see what is going on with our corrupt, third world election.”
Jack Sellers rebutted the alleged irregularities in a statement.
Chairman @jacksellers responds to "false and ill-informed" allegations from Arizona Senate and Senate audit account. "It's clearer by the day the people hired by the Senate are in way over their heads." Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/kBkVKgbEcD
— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) May 14, 2021
ABC reporter Garrett Archer reached out to an independent adviser who is monitoring the audit pro bono.
“Word of Fann’s letter initially went viral on social media when the Arizona audit Twitter account published a picture showing file names that were contained in a database directory that had been recently deleted, but were recovered by the audit vendor CyFir,” Archer reported.
As Archer points out, the Maricopa County audit account claimed that “a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit.”
“ABC15 reached out to Ryan Macias, the former Assistant Director of Equipment Certification for the Election Assistance Commission,” the ABC report states. “Macias is a representative for Secretary Hobbs on the audit floor, which he says he is doing pro bono.”
“Macias reviewed the image and ascertained, based on the names and the dates, that the seven remaining deleted database files were from a post machine test that is required by statute after each election called a ‘logic and accuracy test,’ as well as the two audits already conducted at the county by ProV&V and SLI,” the report continues.
“The letter also lists a database called ‘Results Tally and Reporting’ as not being located on the server, however, the posted image did not list this database,” ABC reports. “Without further context, Macias was unable to make a determination on the claim.”
We now have an explanation for the deleted files uncovered by the election auditors. It seems to confirm that files were deleted,; although questions remain. It is up to Arizona voters and the American people whether or not they buy the official explanations and objections. One thing is for certain: Voters are not going to “take election officials’ word for it.”
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