Some officials in Maricopa County, Arizona, have told officials from a Republican-supported audit of the 2020 election ballots that they will not hand over access to the county router information to the audit team even though it was subpoenaed by the Arizona state Senate and they were ordered to do so by a judge.
In a letter that was sent on Monday to former Arizona Republican secretary of state Ken Bennett, who is now serving as the Republican-led state Senate’s audit liaison, Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue said that the county “cannot at this time provide the virtual images of routers” to be examined by auditors, citing “a significant security risk to law enforcement data utilized by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as well as numerous federal agencies.”
This is the same kind of election irregularities that caused people to want to do an audit in the first place. What the heck do they mean that there’s a security risk for law enforcement? So now we’re supposed to believe Democrats care about law enforcement?
“We had previously believed that the risk would be eliminated by redacting the law enforcement data on the routers and not producing it,” La Rue wrote in the letter. “But we were informed that redaction did not eliminate the risk. We also learned that if criminal elements or others gained access to this data, it might compromise county and federal law enforcement efforts and put the lives of law enforcement personnel at risk.”
So they are just going to ignore a subpoena from the state Senate and a judge’s order? It must be nice to be able to pick and choose which laws you’re going to follow. It reminds me of Election Day 2020.
Bennett said during an interview that the Senate’s subpoena had demanded “access or control of all routers and tabulators … used in connection with the administration of the 2020 election,” along with “the public IP of the routers.”
“I don’t know why the routers in a tabulation and election center have anything to do with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office or numerous federal agencies,” Bennett said, adding that “the sheriff’s department and the Maricopa County tabulation and election center aren’t even in the same building.” They probably don’t. It’s probably just another lie. The Democrats do not want this audit to be done. We don’t know what they have to hide, and yet we do.
Fields Moseley a County spokesman, told the Washington Examiner that county IT professionals made the determination that information contained in the routers “can be used as blueprints to intercept sensitive county data” across more than 50 different departments. Would the data be sensitive because it shows collusion in voter fraud? Shouldn’t someone ask?
“The routers the Senate subpoena commanded the county produce support all of these departments, not just elections operations. This includes critical law enforcement data that, by law, cannot be disclosed, as well as Maricopa County residents’ protected health information and full social security numbers,” Moseley said.
The Republicans working the audit should ask other IT people how they can use a router to give them access to just the election data. I don’t care what operating system the County uses, that can be done. Routers are not the data. They’re not hard drives. A router is simply a networking device that is used to get to data sitting on hard drives on a server. Routers today, along with operating systems, are sophisticated enough to give access to only certain folders on a server to certain users. The County IT staff can create a special audit user profile and assign access to the data that is subpoenaed.
“By providing the routers, or even virtual images of routers, sensitive data and the lives of law enforcement personnel could be endangered,” he said, adding that the “routers remain in the county’s custody for the time being.” Translation: We don’t want you seeing what’s on the servers.
The audit began on April 23rd after a legal fight between Maricopa County and the Republican-majority Senate, the end result is that a judge found the subpoenas for election materials and equipment are “legal and enforceable.” These people need to be hauled before the judge.
The scope of the audit is to do a hand recount of 2.1 million ballots and a forensic audit of voting machines. They may even interview voters if they choose to do so. A Florida firm called Cyber Ninjas has been hired to run the audit.
Former President Donald Trump has celebrated the audit, insisting it will show Arizona was a “scam election” state.
Though the recount focuses on the November 3 election for president and US Senate, and it cannot change the results of any election as state officials have already certified Joe Biden and other’s election wins, the state Senate President Karen Fann said that the audit is meant to restore trust in the integrity of the election system and to help find problems in election laws so that changes can be made to bring stronger integrity.
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If only Maricopa County officials were as interested in election integrity and security as they are the routers that are to be used to audit any lack of election integrity and security, maybe we wouldn’t be here today.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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