The Maricopa County, Arizona audit team discovered on Wednesday that “a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle” had been deleted days before county election officials were scheduled to hand over the election equipment for forensic review. They posted the following tweet to break the news saying that this was “spoliation of evidence.”
The screenshot below shows that all of the data had been “modified” on April 12.
Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence! pic.twitter.com/mY0fmmFXAm
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 13, 2021
The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft has been following this story closely. Last week, Hoft reported that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who have been trying to stop this audit from the start, informed the auditors they were unable to provide passwords or access to the routers which had been requested.
After the team discovered that “‘the entire database’ for the 2020 General election, showing the ‘Results Tally and Reporting,'” had been deleted, Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate send a letter to the Chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers, demanding some answers.
Here are several excerpts from Fann’s letter:
“We have recently discovered that the entire “Database” directory from the D drive of the machine “EMSPrimary” has been deleted.
“This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena. In addition, the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, “Results Tally and Reporting,” is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database. This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed. Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?
“To date, attorneys for Maricopa County have refused to produce virtual images of routers used in connection with the general election, relying on a conclusory and unsupported assertion that providing the routers would somehow “endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, their operations, or the protected health information and personal data of Maricopa County’s citizens.” If true, the fact that Maricopa County stores on its routers substantial quantities of citizens’ and employees’ highly sensitive personal information is an alarming indictment of the County’s lax data security practices, rather than of the legislative subpoenas.
“Similarly, the County’s assertion that producing the internet routers for inspection would cost up to $6,000,000 seems at odds with Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue’s prior representation to Audit Liaison Ken Bennett that the routers already had been disconnected from the County’s network and were prepared for imminent delivery to the Senate.
“Nevertheless, in an effort to resolve the dispute regarding production of the routers, we propose that agents of CyFIR, an experienced digital forensics firm and subcontractor of Cyber Ninjas, review virtual images of the relevant routers in Maricopa County facilities and in the presence of representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Such an arrangement would permit Maricopa County to retain custody and monitor the review of router data, while ensuring that the Senate may access the information it requires—and to which it is constitutionally entitled—to successfully complete its audit. The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election.
“Separately, Maricopa County has refused to provide the passwords necessary to access vote tabulation devices. Its attorneys’ insistence that the County does not have custody or control of this information is belied by the County’s conduct of its own audits, which, if they were as comprehensive as they purported to be, almost certainly would have entailed use of the passwords to examine the tabulation devices, and it strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion.
“As the audit has progressed, the Senate’s contractors have become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots,
Fann’s complete letter, including all exhibits can be viewed in the Scribd file below.
On Wednesday night, Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward weighed in on the latest development in this saga.
No wonder Maricopa County & the Democrats have been trying to prevent this audit…
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) May 13, 2021
🚨 WOW! Letter from Senate President @FannKfann to BOS regarding significant “irregularities” in Maricopa County. #AmericasAudit will help to restore #ElectionIntegrity & #VoterConfidence! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/12RE2k2ZXk
— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@kelliwardaz) May 13, 2021
Dr. Ward has been providing regular video updates on the team’s progress. In a message delivered earlier on Wednesday (before news of the deleted material was known), she said this audit has sent the Democrats “into a total frenzy.” That is not an overstatement.
“There is new information coming to light nearly every day as to how poorly the election in November was supervised in Maricopa County and in our state.”
“Election officials say they didn’t have access to passwords that are critical .. critical equipment. But outside vendors like Dominion did. Routers weren’t secure and may have been used to allow access to a network of county offices.”
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. So stay focused, there is plenty, plenty more news to come.”
America's Audit: What the mainstream media isn't telling you… Legal action imminent. Audit side benefit: questions of election office irregularities, breach of Voter ID information AZGOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz reports #AmericasAudit #FinishTheAudit #ElectionIntegrity pic.twitter.com/GZVeMAx2Wj
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) May 13, 2021