The independent audit authorized by the Arizona State Senate has reached an important milestone in getting accountability and transparency in the 2020 election. It has completed counting the ballots.
“The counting of the ballots is complete and they are being returned to Maricopa County,” Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann. “Now we wait for the draft and final reports. Ken Bennett will be an important part of those reports.”
Fann is referring to Ken Bennett, the former Arizona Secretary of State and the state senate’s audit liaison. It was recently reported that Bennett intended to resign.
“Ken Bennett, the state senate liaison in charge of overseeing the audit of the Maricopa County 2020 presidential election results, told a radio station that he intends to resign,” ABC 15 reported.
“I cannot be part of a process that I am left out of critical aspects along the way and make the audit legitimate and have integrity when we produce the final report,” Bennett told Conservative Talk Show Host James T. Harris on Monday.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Ken Bennett had stepped down.
Ken Bennett apparently just stepped down as Arizona audit liaison after mulling the decision for a few days and after @FannKfann's press release yesterday describing his "new role." Bennett was the only person involved in the audit with actual election experience.
— Dillon Rosenblatt (@DillonReedRose) July 28, 2021
“Ken Bennett apparently just stepped down as Arizona audit liaison after mulling the decision for a few days and after [Karen Fann’s] press release yesterday describing his ‘new role’,” Dillon Rosenblatt tweeted. “Bennett was the only person involved in the audit with actual election experience.”
It is completed…we do not need a liaison any longer
— Josh Barnett for Congress (AZ-01) (@BarnettforAZ) July 28, 2021
“It is completed… we do not need a liason any longer,” House candidate Josh Barnett remarked.
Arizona, for its part, recently served Maricopa County and Dominion Voting Systems with another round of subpoenas. The subpoenas were for Maricopa County to turn over routers and for Dominion to give them the passwords for voting machines used in the 2020 election.
“Another subpoena in Arizona,” CNN’s Erin Burnett reported on Monday. “Republican state senate just served Maricopa Board of Supervisors with 3rd subpoena demanding election ‘routers’.”
In May, the Arizona State Senate first demanded that Maricopa County turn over the routers and passwords for voting machines used in the 2020 election. The county turned over neither. The Arizona State Senate called an emergency session, which the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded to.
“The emergency is due to the Senate indicating that they would take action against the County and Supervisors if the County does not provide passwords it does not have, and routers that could allow access to sensitive law enforcement data, as well as protected health information and personal data of county citizens,” the statement on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ website read.
The possibility that Maricopa County did not even have the passwords to the voting machines, while a private company did, appears to be an abuse of public trust. Furthermore, the refusal to provide the routers demanded by the Arizona state senate raises even more red flags. Just the News reported on the matter.
“Officials in Arizona’s Maricopa County are withholding materials subpoenaed by the state legislature as part of its audit of the county’s 2020 election, claiming that surrendering them would constitute a security risk for both law enforcement and federal agencies,” the report stated.
On Wednesday, Arizona Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem reported that Maricopa County and Dominion Voting Systems won’t comply.
“New subpoenas out and Dominion says they won’t comply. Maybe a referral to the AG for a Grand Jury would be a good move,” Finchem remarked.
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