Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responds to claims from Sen. Fann & Cyber Ninjas
May 17, 2021
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors held a special public meeting today to address what has been happening throughout the Republican Senate Majority's "audit" of the 2020 general election.
Here is the full video:
Summary, courtesy of Jeremy Duda, The Arizona Mirror:
Jack Sellers opens BOS meeting with sharp words for Karen Fann and her audit, which he called “a grift disguised as an audit”
Sellers: “This board is done explaining anything to these people.” Sellers says the “the ninjas” can’t find the allegedly deleted filed “because they don’t know what they’re doing.”
County recorder Stephen Richer says county doesn’t have Dominion passwords because they’re not needed to run elections, just like you can run Windows on your PC without the source code.
Richer: Dominion gave passwords to auditors hired by county, only gives passwords to accredited companies, which isn’t Cyber Ninjas
Richer: “No files from the 2020 election have been deleted.”
Richer says he asked Karen Fann about @ArizonaAudit tweet accusing county of deleting files, and she said she has no control over the account. “This is not how a principal-agent relationship works,” Richer says.
Richer says Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan doesn’t know what he’s doing or understand elections, and “has indulged even the craziest election conspiracy theories.”
Bill Gates: it would’ve been easy for the GOP-controlled board to turn over machines, ballots, but they had legal concerns so they went to court. Wasn’t enough for Senate. “There were multiple members of the Senate who wanted to see us behind bars.”
Gates says supervisors won’t go to Senate tomorrow to take part in “political theater broadcast by OANN.” “The Arizona Senate is better than that. ... We’re not going to be a part of that.”
Steve Gallardo: “Unfortunately Karen Fann has allowed this to happen,” Says Fann comments on audit Twitter account show “failed leadership” Gallardo says he hopes other members of the Senate ask Fann to put an end to the audit
Gallardo says “outside forces” have taken control of Senate and “President Fann does not have the political courage, the wisdom to stop it.”
Steve Chucri: "There was doubt cast (on the election), so I supported the audit. What I didn’t support was a mockery, and that’s what this has become.”
In their response letter to Fann, all five supervisors plus Stephen Richer and Sheriff Paul Penzone call for an end to the audit. “You certainly must recognize that things are not going well at the Coliseum.”
They also say the contractors don’t know what they’re doing, don’t understand the laws, procedures and best practices for elections. “It is inevitable that they will arrive at questionable conclusions.”
Clint Hickman says audit shouldn’t be making allegations by tweet. Do a proper investigation and send us a report, he says, “and we will answer in court.”
Sellers ends meeting by saying he’s done responding to Senate questions about this “sham audit,” says they need to finish their report and prepare to defend it in court.
Following the public meeting the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and other prominent Republican county leaders held a live press conference,
Here is the full letter to Senate President Fann (who is also our LD1 State Senator:) https://www.maricopa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/68972/20210517-Response-Letter-to-Senate-President-Fann---FINAL
Highlights: Maricopa County says Cyber Ninjas are lying and miscounting ballots:
Starting at the bottom of page 7, Maricopa County goes into detail of how the people doing this audit don't even understand the basics of how ballots are tabulated.
The Board of Supervisors refuse to attend a meeting that will be live-streamed on OANN:
Maricopa county says Cyber Ninjas is just straight miscounting ballots