Arizona County and Dominion Voting Systems Refuse Access to Election Routers
Dominion Voting Systems said it would not give access to passwords
Maricopa County officials have refused to give access to items contained in the subpoena issued by the Arizona Senate.
Dominion Voting Systems said it would not give access to passwords, and officials refused to give access to election routers.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors chairman Jack Sellers said in a statement:
“Maricopa County long ago provided to the Arizona Senate everything competent auditors would need to affirm the accuracy and security of the November General Election."
Two new subpoenas were issued on July 26 to Maricopa County and Dominion by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Arizona Senate Judiciary Chairman Warren Petersen.
Officals have until Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. to comply with subpoenas.
The subpoena sought information and access regarding six matters.
Firstly, it sought all “reports, findings and other documents concerning 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 November 3, 2020, general election.”
It also sought all “ballot envelopes received in connection” with the election or digital images of them.
On July 15 state Senate hearing, a key finding was there was no record of up to 74,000 absentee ballots being mailed despite being counted in November’s election.
The subpoena also sought all “user names, passwords, pins and/or security keys or tokens required to access, or otherwise relating to, any and all ballot tabulation devices used in connection with the November 3, 2020, general election in Maricopa County.”
“This is specifically for all levels of access, including, but not limited to, administrator access or any level of access required to access and print the configuration of the ICP2 [in circuit programming] devices.”
Senators also requested all voter registration records and change histories for those records.
They also asked for access to the routers used for the 2020 election.
They also demanded all “splunk logs, network logs, net flows, or similar data related with systems associated in any way with the administration of the November 3, 2020, general election, for the time period beginning 60 days before the election and ending 90 days after the election.”
The splunk logs would help determine if anything abnormal occurred regarding the tabulators on election by showing activity through the routers.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office addressed each item listed in the subpoena.
Thomas Liddy, civil division chief for the office, said it only had to do with publicly available registration information and would not affect the tabulation system.
The county then said it has turned over all the passwords it has, and Dominion would have to provide the remaining ones.
The county rejected granting access to the routers, arguing compromising information related to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office would be revealed.
Auditor Ben Cotton testified at a May hearing:
“That data should not exist on that router, period. So to state that it could be compromised would be an inaccurate statement or an inaccurate portrayal of what the data is on the router.”
He reiterated the issue on July 15 hearing, saying the routers are like mail carriers and do not access what is inside.
“What you don’t have is the actual content or the letter that’s contained in the envelope within the router itself,” he said.
Liddy argued that previous voting-machine audits determined voting tabulators were not connected to the internet.
The county offered the same answer regarding providing splunk logs.
“This BS is the ‘official reply’ from Maricopa County to the lawful subpoenas issued by the AZ State Senate,” Arizona Republican Party chairwoman Kelli Ward tweeted in response to the county’s refusal to comply.
“They must be held accountable.”
Dominion refused to turn over the passwords to the auditors in May.
“Releasing Dominion’s intellectual property to an unaccredited, biased, and plainly unreliable actor such as Cyber Ninjas would be reckless, causing irreparable damage to the commercial interests of the company and the election security interests of the country.”
“No company should be compelled to participate in such an irresponsible act,” the company added.
Dominion also argued Cyber Ninjas, who are overseeing the audit, are not accredited.