The Maricopa County (Arizona) official refused to provide documents subpoenaed by the state legislature during a comprehensive review of the 2020 election, declaring that the delivery of the documents would bring. Security risks to both law enforcement and federal.
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The Arizona Senate hired companies based in another state to conduct checks of 2.1 million votes, test voting machines and look for IT errors, and perform a recount of 2.1 million votes. hand in Maricopa County – the state’s largest county.
The Senate has also issued the necessary subpoenas to conduct a comprehensive examination of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County and these come into effect on February 25.
However, according to a letter sent on Monday from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to Ken Bennett, former Arizona State Interior Minister and coordinator between the state Senate and the inspectors, Maricopa County said. they will not hand over “certain routers” as required by the state legislature.
The Maricopa County official says this will “Poses a significant security risk to the law enforcement data used by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as well as many federal agencies.”
Mr. Bennett told Just the News that the state Senate subpoena was required “Access or control over all routers and statistics … used in connection with 2020 election administration” as “Public IP’s [bộ định tuyến]. “
Mr. Bennett said: “I don’t know why the routers in an election center and for tabulation have anything to do with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office or many federal agencies,” at the same time note that “The sheriff’s department and the Maricopa County election and tabulation center have nothing to do with even in the same building.”
In response, Maricopa County spokesperson Fields Moseley on Thursday afternoon (May 6) said the County had “Identifies information contained in Maricopa County routers that could be used .. to access County sensitive data.”
“Maricopa County has more than 50 different departments and routers that the Senate’s subpoena asks to be relevant to all of these departments, not just election activities … They include data. Important law enforcement that cannot be disclosed by law, as well as information about the health of Maricopa County residents and social security numbers. ”
Mr. Moseley said provisioning of the routers would do “Sensitive data and the lives of law enforcement officers could be threatened”, at the same time declared that the router “Remains under the jurisdiction of the County for the time being.”
According to the Arizona Secretary of the Interior, 2.089 million ballots were cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election, representing 61% of all votes cast in the state.
The inspection began on April 23 and was strongly opposed by Democrats. Last week, a judge dismissed an attempt to block checks coming from Arizona Democrats.