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The Maricopa County, Arizona, recount and audit of the 2020 presidential election is ongoing, but there has been a new plot twist.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is raising concerns about a Wi-Fi router that her staff observed at the Maricopa County election audit.
Hobbs took to Twitter on Wednesday to argue that it could pose a threat to the integrity of the audit.
“There’s no way to ensure that ballot images, vote counts, & perhaps voter data weren’t connected to external networks or the internet,” Hobbs tweeted.
🚨 Yesterday, observers from my office discovered a WiFi router connected to the "audit" servers.
There’s no way to ensure that ballot images, vote counts, & perhaps voter data weren’t connected to external networks or the internet. https://t.co/Edgjwc8HUp
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) May 12, 2021
The official Maricopa Arizona Audit account explained what Hobbs was purporting to see.
“No wireless was ever enabled. This was explicitly explained to the SoS observers on site. We are open to providing all passwords and access needed for a forensic investigation of the router if requested,” the @ArizonaAudit account explained.
No wireless was ever enabled. This was explicitly explained to the SoS observers on site. We are open to providing all passwords and access needed for a forensic investigation of the router if requested. https://t.co/xjIfd7JFlj
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 12, 2021
Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward delivered a major update on Monday night and explained what she called “the big router lie” by the Maricopa County officials.
Maricopa County had 2.1 million votes in 2020 and therefore required a large system to handle the routers for the election.
Maricopa County insisted last week they could turn over the routers because they are shared with law enforcement.
Ward explained that if an election is to be certified, its routers should not and could not be shared with law enforcement.
BOMBSHELL update on #AmericasAudit in Maricopa County. Be sure to watch the entire report. We know you'll be as mad as we are! AZGOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz exposes the #BigLie as we fight for Arizona and #ElectionIntegrity pic.twitter.com/sS61FV6xiV
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) May 10, 2021
Democrats are very worried about the election audit taking place in Arizona.
The Biden Department of Justice has sent a letter to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann taking issue with Maricopa County’s forensic audit of the 2020 election.
The letter is from Pamela Karlan, the principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.
Karlan writes to Fann that the DOJ is taking issue with two main parts of the forensic audit:
“I write regarding issues arising under federal statutes enforced by the United States Department of Justice that are related to the audit required by the Arizona State Senate for the November 2020 federal general election in Maricopa County,” the letter states. “News reports indicate that the Senate subpoenaed ballots, elections systems, and election materials from Maricopa County and required that they be turned over to private contractors, led by a firm known as Cyber Ninjas.”
“The Department has reviewed available information, including news reports and complaints regarding the procedures being used for this audit,” the letter continued. “The information of which we are aware raises concerns regarding at least two issues of potential non-compliance with federal laws enforced by the Department.”
“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,” the letter added.
“Federal law creates a duty to safeguard and preserve federal election records,” the DOJ letter went on. “The Department is charged with enforcement of provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1960. This statute requires state and local election officials to maintain, for twenty-two months after the conduct of an election for federal office, “all records and papers” relating to any “act requisite to voting in such election…”
“The purpose of these federal preservation and retention requirements for elections records is to ‘secure a more effective protection of the right to vote,'” the DOJ continued.
“The second issue relates to the Cyber Ninjas’ statement of work for this audit,” the DOJ went on. “Among other things, the statement of work indicates that the contractor has been working ‘with a number of individuals to ‘identify voter registrations that did not make sense, and then knock on doors to confirm if valid voters actually lived at the stated address.”
“The statement of work also indicates that the contractor will ‘select a minimum of three precincts” in Maricopa County ‘with a high number of anomalies’ in order ‘to conduct an audit of voting history’ and that voters may be contacted through a ‘combination of phone calls and physical canvassing’ to ‘collect information of whether the individual voted in the election’ in November 2020,” the DOJ letter added.
Maricopa County has started the audit of 2.1 million ballots.
Ask yourself why Biden’s DOJ is getting involved in the matter.