PHOENIX – Maricopa County Election Department says the Board of Trustees approved a table equipment review following the 2020 elections.
The decision was made unanimously during an official meeting on Wednesday January 27th.
The “multi-layer forensic audit” includes a software, hardware and financial review of the systems. After information from the meeting, vulnerabilities are analyzed, checked for malware and Internet communication and confirmed that no change of voice has taken place.
The information also shows that the state and county procurement code for the equipment lease is being checked.
The Board of Supervisors says the county will hire two independent firms, Pro V&V and SLI Compliance, both of which are certified by the US Elections Assistance Commission to conduct independent audits.
Officials also say a “reputable accounting firm” will review county contracts with Dominion Voting Services.
The first audit starts on February 2nd and the second on February 8th.
Maricopa County election officials say several steps were taken during the year “to ensure the integrity of the November general election in Maricopa County.” The County website Details of eight different dates and key measures taken to ensure the integrity of the elections.
After the November election, 11 different complaints were filed against the board, and “each case was dismissed by the courts or withdrawn by plaintiffs,” the county said.
“Before November, there were no complaints about the accuracy of the county’s tabulation equipment, which was also used in March, May and August elections,” officials said.
Allegations of electoral fraud were widespread after the November elections, however No evidence of widespread electoral fraud that could have changed the election results was ascertained.
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer released a forensic examination statement in which he said in part:
“To that end, since I took office three weeks ago, I have worked with my election administration partners, the Board of Directors, to design a forensic review of the election table equipment and software. The board has legal authority over the tabulation equipment, and it is therefore ultimately the decision of the Board of Directors whether to proceed or not. But I fully support the audit as planned. I welcome the Board’s decision to hold a vote and I will instruct the Registrar’s office to open the audit help where possible.
Such a test is not required by law. In addition, the numerous tests submitted and already carried out did not reveal any significant problems. In fact, the handcounting test gave approximately 47,000 votes, 100% agreement with the machine-tabulated results.
Still, I believe the Board of Directors’ audit is needed to build confidence in the electoral process and further improve the electoral administration in our county, the second largest electoral jurisdiction in the United States. “