Arizona Senate election audit official: ‘Ludicrous’ to say machines ruined

FILE – In this May 6, 2021, file photo 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. Maricopa County officials on Friday, May 21, directed the Arizona Senate and the auditors it hired to review the county’s 2020 election count to preserve documents for a possible lawsuit. /AP Photo/Matt York, Pool, File

By Kevin Stone | KTAR

Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett on Monday scoffed at the notion Maricopa County’s voting machines can’t be reused after being inspected during the ongoing Cyber Ninjas-led election audit.

“That’s totally ludicrous,” Bennett told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on the day the audit resumed following a 10-day hiatus necessitated by a scheduling conflict.

On Thursday, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent a letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors that said the equipment has “been compromised” as a result of being handled by Senate-hired contractors and can’t be used in future elections.

Bennett, a former state Secretary of State, said the equipment has been kept secure and handled properly.

 “There’s nothing that’s been done to the machines that would make them unusable,” he said.

(Note: Trump calls out Arizona’s Brnovich for not promoting election conspiracy claims.)

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