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Ariz. Senate President: Auditors don’t need special certification

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool, FIle)

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UPDATED 12:40 PM PT – Sunday, July 18, 2021

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann has questioned Maricopa County’s statement on certifying auditors. According to reports on Saturday, the county claimed the Senate’s auditors have not been certified to conduct an audit.

This would mean the county would have to decertify any machines touched by the Senate. According to Fann however, there was no process for certifying auditors.

This comes after the cybersecurity firm, Cyber Ninjas, requested more information from Maricopa County to complete the audit. The items requested included envelope and router images, splunk logs and hard drives with information regarding the 2020 election.

Wondering why Maricopa County prefers to tweet jabs instead of just sitting down and talking with the auditors If we work together we can finish this audit and let the voters know their ballots will be safe for future elections

— Karen Fann (@FannKfann) July 17, 2021

Maricopa County responded by saying the audit team had all necessary resources required to perform an audit and labeled the team as “uncertified.” Fann then reached out to the Federal Elections Commission for more information on the process of auditor certification and was told there was no such thing.

Fann went on to say the audits performed by the county in November were done by so-called uncertified auditors as well, without any issues raised.

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