Maricopa County, Arizona, does not use voting machines confiscated in Republican elections.


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Maricopa County, Arizona, announced on Monday that it will replace all voting equipment handed over to private contractors. Election “audit” Ordered by a Republican-controlled Senate in Arizona. “Maricopa County voters can rest assured that 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 no longer use subpoena equipment in future elections.”

The Maricopa County Supervisory Board told Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbes in a letter Monday: Share her concerns about potential tampering Cyber ​​Ninjas, a Republican-hired Florida audit contractor, is not certified to handle election equipment in the United States. When the state legislature submitted the machine, the county was forced to hand over about 400 tabulating machines and 2.1 million votes, breaking the chain for storage. Ballot surveys by cyber ninjas have been widely panned by election experts for being a slap dash and lacking basic security and transparency.

In May, the Republican-led Maricopa County government accused the “audit” in a fierce letter to the state legislature. “Our state is a source of laughter,” wrote five Republicans and two Democrats. “To make matters worse, this’audit’encourages our citizens to distrust the elections, which undermines our democratic republic. “

Maricopa County spokesman said The county does not know who will pay for the new equipment.. When the Senate seized ballots and voting equipment, they agreed to reimburse the county for any costs incurred “as a result of damage and / or modification of the materials in the subpoena by the Senate or its agents.” The county is considering asking the Senate to pay for the new equipment and is also discussing with the Dominion voting system whether it will have to pay the remaining $ 3 million to pay on a three-year lease.

Cyber ​​ninjas have been scrutinized for their lack of auditing experience and seriously flawed efforts in Maricopa County, but critics also said that their CEO, Dagrogan, was in front of Donald Trump, who said the elections were fraudulent. He points out that he supports the president’s false claims.Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy theorists debut on Saturday in Phoenix Deep rigA movie bankrolled by former Overstock CEO Patrick James, based on the allegations of fraudulent elections in 2020.Logan It became clear that it was the voice of “Anon” In the middle of the movie.

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