Maricopa County Audit Team Recovers Deleted Files on Dominion Machines

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Upon examination of the Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the November election, the Maricopa County audit team discovered last week 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.”

(I posted on this story here.)

The screenshot below shows that all of the data had been “modified” on April 12.

However, in a Tuesday hearing before the Arizona state Senate, Ben Cotton, the founder of CyFir, one of the companies hired by the Senate to conduct the forensic audit, announced his team had been able to recover the missing files.

“A Master File Table, very simply put, is a record of all of the directories in the files that are contained in that partition … and a pointer to where that data resides on the hard drive. In the course of performing that MFT discovery, I discovered an MFT that clearly indicated that the database directory was deleted from that server,” Cotton said. “However, all of this may be a moot point because subsequently, I’ve been able to recover all of those deleted files and I have access to that data.”

This is excellent news.


The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been tireless in their efforts to first prevent the forensic audit and failing that, to stop the audit.

After the news broke last week that the files had been deleted, Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate wrote a letter to the MCBOS, whom she had called to answer questions before the Senate on Tuesday.

Upon receipt of Fann’s letter, the Supervisors held an emergency meeting to coordinate strategy. They decided upon writing a 14-page letter to Fann in which they categorically deny they deleted the files and that they find those charges to be insulting. Their letter, dated May 17, however, was not sent to Fann on Monday, but to the press, proving it to be the publicity stunt that it was.

They also announced their refusal to attend the Senate meeting on Tuesday.

The dutiful press has sprung into action to help the Supervisors implement their plan. Local media outlet KTAR News immediately published a story entitled, “Arizona auditors confirm no Maricopa County election databases were deleted.”

Obviously, the KTAR headline is false. The auditors confirmed that the files had been deleted and then recovered.

This is purely conjecture on my part, but I’d be willing to bet that the MCBOS is operating on the advice of the Democratic Party which has been working to derail this audit for months. The Biden DOJ has recently involved itself in the push to stop the audit.

As I see it, Democrats are well aware that the auditors will find evidence of fraud, and resigned to that inevitability, they are going to accuse the Republican-controlled Senate and their audit team of fraud. MCBOS are currently setting up the foundation of this simple but highly effective defensive technique.

(Note: Although the MCBOS have a Republican majority, they are working in tandem with the state’s Democratic Party to derail this audit.)

Democrats have relied on this tried and tested method for years.

  1. Deny all wrongdoing.
  2. Accuse your opponent of doing what you have done.

MCBOS hope to create so much doubt and confusion that in the end, there will be no consequences. Fraud is extremely difficult to prove and even if it is proven, finding the culprit may be impossible. (Unless, of course, the auditors come up with some definitive, indisputable proof.)

Although many have used this simple strategy, its origins are not precisely known. It’s been attributed to Hitler’s minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, and to the late community organizer Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx is quoted as saying, “Accuse Your Enemy Of What You Are Doing, As You Are Doing It To Create Confusion.” Some even believe the source may have been Machiavelli. The truth is it’s probably been used forever in one form or another and it remains relevant because it works.

The audit has been put on hold for the week because the facility where it’s being conducted was needed for graduation ceremonies. The work will start up again next Monday.

According to Audit Director Ken Bennett, approximately 25 percent of the ballots have been reviewed so far. Last week, the Arizona Senate was reported to have extended their lease of the venue through the end of June. Insiders have remained quiet about what auditors have uncovered so far.

But the collective Democratic tantrum over this audit speaks volumes.

Dominion REFUSES to Release Voting Machine Passwords to Maricopa County Auditors; This Explains A Lot

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Last week, the team hired by the Arizona state Senators to conduct the forensic audit of the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, requested the passwords for the Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the November election.

After refusing to provide this information, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors finally admitted they did not have the passwords.

In the clip below, Audit Director Ken Bennett tells OAN News that MCBOS conceded they do not have the password required “to get into the administrative functions of the machines, that only Dominion has that which is kind of stunning to us that Maricopa County doesn’t have complete access to those election machines.”

“They’ve also told us that they now can’t, as they promised a couple of weeks ago, provide our subcontractors with the virtual access to the routers and hubs and other things over at the MCTEC Tabulation and Election Center as was part of the subpoena,” he added.

The OAN reporter said, “From what you’re telling me, it sounds like Dominion, a private company, actually has more control over the election than the County Supervisors. Is that accurate?”

“That’s what it sounds like to me, so yes,” Bennett replied.

On Thursday, Dominion flatly refused to provide the password to the machines to the Arizona Senate Republicans. In the following statement, they try to make the case that the audit team has not been accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

But, let’s back up a minute here ladies and gentlemen. Because this brief clip just may be the most critical revelation yet.

Why does a voting machine vendor retain sole administrative access to the equipment while the MCBOS is given only user access?

Was this arrangement business as usual for Dominion? Did they retain sole administrative access to all of the machines used by counties throughout the country in November?

Five days ago, The Gateway Pundit reminded us of the November 30 testimony of election observer Jan Bryant before the Arizona State Legislature.

Bryant said that Maricopa County officials were not in charge of operations at the Tabulation Center. Rather, two Dominion employees were in control.

She testified that, “Dominion employees were the only ones who were running any of that equipment. … I was in the Tabulation Center six different days. … No County employees, no IT people, was touching any of the software. They (Dominion) did all the training, they were the adjudicators, they ran all the reports.”

(Relevant portion begins at 6:35:45 in the clip below.)

I will provide a more thorough report later today. There have been many new developments in this story over the last 48 hours.

Broken Clocks, Political Parties and Watch Repairmen

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Okay, sometimes twice a day is better than one can hope for.

Take, for example, the Arizona state Senate Republicans who have been using their position, influence and party apparatus for positive action, doing something patriotic Americans have been hoping for over the last few months. YES, they are actually going to conduct an audit of the 2020 general election vote in Maricopa County.

You may recall Fox News called the state for President Joe Biden just before midnight on election night. At the time, Biden was up 9 percentage points over former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the state for Biden the next morning, and were immediately followed by NPR which gets its data from the AP. Biden was ahead by 136,000 votes and 80 percent of the vote had been counted.

No additional networks called the state over the next eight days as Biden’s lead steadily dwindled to just over 10,000 votes. Finally on November 12, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN called it for Biden, handing him the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Allegations of election fraud have lingered in the Grand Canyon state ever since.

Just the News’ Daniel Payne reports:

Republicans in the Arizona legislature will perform a full hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement released by Arizona Senate Republicans that state GOP leaders have decided on a “preferred forensic audit” the final details of which are currently being worked out.

“The audit will be broad and detailed,” Fann said. “[T]he team will include, but is not limited to, testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count and checking for any IT breaches.

Be still my beating heart … a real audit … with real answers … done by real Republicans (okay Richard Edward, don’t get your hopes up too high).

I used to think that the state-level GOP structures were like broken clocks, destined only to be correct twice a day. Well, I reasoned, better than not right ever, anytime at all. Still, as the 2020 general election fades in the rear-view mirror and voter attention spans shift in recoil to the latest outrage from the socialist left Biden Administration, I realized that I was still left unfulfilled by the court challenges that were never taken up, the audits that never happened, the ‘investigations’ that always seemed to result in ‘nothing to see here, move on’.

I asked myself, “Richard Edward, how do we fix the vote process if we don’t know where or how it’s broken?” I understood that the answer lay in a thorough review of how the vote was counted, absentee ballots and all.

The Arizona Senate Republicans recently got into more than just a contretemps with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (who also hold a GOP majority) over the 2020 election audit. Suits filed lawsuits. The Board appeared to want a quick and dirty audit while the state Senate wanted to dig deeper. Okay, this appeared to be just another episode of Republicans doing the circular firing squad routine that was outlined in the Romney/Ryan manual for political success.

Now what to make of my beloved Arizona GOP? What a surprise. Someone showed up and wound that party clock and now it appears to be running properly. If this gets any better, the Arizona Senate just might renew my faith in the Republican Party and local politics. (Hope, is thy real name hyperbole?)

Well, now that my state GOP is on the road to seeking truth, I am asking myself, “Who is the clock repairman that made this happen”?  Who pulled out the political manual on broken clocks, started teaching this group about standing up and not taking any guff from their political opponents?

Richard Edward thinks back on lessons from his career … sometimes change percolates from the bottom up; but sometimes, it’s the result of bold leadership that models the possible, leads by example, instead of acting like the same old tired leadership that came before.

Think Richard Edward, think … Who is that bold leader that Trumped the old, status quo thinking, showing the Arizona Senate Republicans a new way?

If you believe that conventional thinking by political party structures is, or can lead to, an American Crisis, please leave your thoughts in a comment below..

—  Richard Edward Tracy