A review of the 2020 presidential election is currently underway in Arizona. Now lawmakers are sparring over how it’s being conducted.
Republicans in the Arizona Senate are leading an audit of potential fraud within Maricopa County’s election process, but Democrats, led by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, just launched a major objection to the methods used to conduct the audit, raising concerns about a Wi-Fi router attached to audit servers.
“Yesterday, observers from my office discovered a WiFi router connected to the ‘audit’ servers,” Hobbs tweeted Wednesday. “There’s no way to ensure that ballot images, vote counts, & perhaps voter data weren’t connected to external networks or the internet.”
However, an unnamed administrator for the Maricopa County Audit Twitter shot back, “No wireless was ever enabled. This was explicitly explained to the SoS observers on site. We are open to providing all passwords and access needed for a forensic investigation of the router if requested.”
No wireless was ever enabled. This was explicitly explained to the SoS observers on site. We are open to providing all passwords and access needed for a forensic investigation of the router if requested. https://t.co/xjIfd7JFlj
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 12, 2021
Meanwhile, routers for the county have become a contentious issue between the two sides. The Republican team conducting the audit insists they should be turned over for examination as part of the audit. Chairwoman Kelli Ward threatened to subpoena members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Penzone to do so while their attorney insists it could compromise law enforcement data.
The audit has been underway since April 23 with auditors manually combing through some 2.1 million ballots for irregularities, USA Today reported. So far, some 350,000 to 400,000 ballots have already been examined. The process has been delayed and will have a temporary change of venue while graduation ceremonies take place at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix where the auditors had leased space.
The election was very tight in Arizona and warrants a second look since President Joe Biden only beat former President Donald Trump by around 10,000 votes, Fox News reported. Despite the closeness of the margin there, Fox News called the battleground state for Biden on Election night in a decision that angered many loyal viewers.
There is nothing that can be done to overturn the election results now regardless of their findings, but it’s important going forward to know how to keep the process fair and secure. The fighting between the Republicans and Democrats underscores how vital this issue is to both sides.