Arizona Senate Subpoenas Election Officials over Maricopa County Audit
State Senate demands to see routers, ballot envelopes, voter databases
The Arizona state Senate has served Maricopa County election officials with another round of subpoenas relating to the forensic audit of the 2020 results.
The subpoenas ask for ballot envelopes, routers, and voter databases to be made available for review, among other requests.
The bombshell news was revealed late Monday on CNN by Maricopa Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Bill Gates.
“Right before I came on here, the board of supervisors received another subpoena from the state Senate ordering us to turn over the routers, in addition to some other information,” Gates said.
“And they threaten us in these papers that if we do not turn those over by August 2nd, so that’s next Monday, then we could be held in contempt,” he continued.
The news was reported by Garrett Archer, an ABC reporter who closely follows Arizona elections.
“JUST IN. According to @billgatesaz appearance on CNN, the Arizona State Senate has served the @maricopacounty BOS with another round of #azaudit subpoenas,” Archer tweeted late Monday.
The subpoena, posted to Twitter by Archer, included requests to Maricopa County for:
- Any reports and documents related to any breach of the voter registration server, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office systems, or any other aspect of the Maricopa County elections systems at any time within six months of the election.
- All ballot envelopes and digital images of those ballots.
- Usernames, passwords, and other such information for the ballot tabulation devices, at all levels of access.
- The voter registration database for Maricopa County, including the history of all changes made to that database.
- All routers used in connection with the election, and the public IP of the routers.
- Network logs related to any administrative system for the election.
Here is what the state senate has subpoenaed:— The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) July 27, 2021
1. Info on breach of public voter registration data
2. EV envelopes or images.
3. Pass keys for precinctabulators
4. Voter registration database
5. Routers or virtual images of routers
6 Network logs. pic.twitter.com/jjCp8mKxvW
“Another subpoena in Arizona,” CNN’s Erin Burnett reported.
“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, according to Becker News.
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.
Maricopa County responded to the independent audit update provided to the Arizona Senate.
It attempted to explain discrepancies that were brought up by the audit team, including Cyber Ninjas’ CEO Doug Logan.