Maricopa County election equipment makes its final stand

Dominion software has been widely used in voting and counting machines

By Danny Shapiro | KTAR

Maricopa County officials said Monday they will no longer use election equipment subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate for the ongoing audit of the 2020 election.

County Attorney Allister Adel said in a letter to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs that the county shared concerns with her over the voting machines being handled by lead auditor Cyber Ninjas and others.

“Accordingly, I write to notify you that Maricopa County will not use the subpoenaed election equipment in any future election,” Adel said in the letter.

Hobbs said in a May 20 letter to Maricopa County leaders that the equipment they were forced to turn over for the audit “has been compromised” and can’t be used in future elections.

Hobbs, a Democrat, also said in the letter that if the county attempted to redeploy the machines, her office would “consider decertification proceedings.”

Hobbs added that election security experts, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told her office that once machines leave the custody of elections officials there’s no way to ensure they are safe to use again.

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