Democrats have launched a partisan investigation into Arizona’s forensic audit of Maricopa County via the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Carolyn Maloney, the Democrat chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, along with Jamie Raskin, the chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, Douglas Logan, claiming that they were “concerned” about their role in the “highly unusual effort” of the Arizona forensic audit.
Maloney and Raskin cite “Cyber Ninjas’ apparent lack of experience in conducting election-related audits; reports that the company engaged in sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting equipment and were questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and evidence that you and other individuals funding the audit have sought to advance the ‘big lie’ of debunked voter fraud allegations in the November 2020 presidential election,” as evidence that Cyber Ninjas could not be trusted with the audit, and therefore an investigation by Democrats is necessary.
“Americans’ right to vote is protected by the Constitution and is the cornerstone of our democratic system of government,” the letter continued. “The Committee is seeking to determine whether the privately funded audit conducted by your company in Arizona protects the right to vote or is instead an effort to promote baseless conspiracy theories, undermine confidence in America’s elections, and reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain.”
They claimed that there was a “clear, bipartisan consensus among county officials and outside experts that the election results were valid, that no significant fraud occurred, and that the additional audit served no legitimate purpose,” with “bipartisan” referring to anti-Trump Republicans in Arizona and across the country. Many of those who supported the President, and some who didn’t, including John Brakey, a progressive Democrat and election integrity expert, completely disagreed.
The letter also claimed that there was an “official hand-count audit [that] found a 100% match between paper ballots and voting machines.” However, this so-called “hand-count audit” was not a full forensic audit, and only went through 1% of the ballots, and only checked that ballots were supposed to be in the right places. Early batch efforts by the Arizona GOP even confirmed that some ballots had, in fact, been miscounted, looking through only 100 ballots.
The letter comes on the same day as a bombshell from Arizona Senate Republicans, with Senate President Karen Fann confirming that the number of ballots tallied by the audit do not match those officially recorded and certified by the Maricopa County officials. Fann confirmed that the votes are currently being re-tallied by “independent machines” by the Senate before the ballots will be returned to Maricopa County.
The anonymous Audit War Room account, which reports on news related to audits, claimed that Maloney only sent the letter for political purposes, because “she is getting her ass kicked in polling” by her leftist primary opponent, Rana Abdelhamid. “Go audit the NYC election that just melted down.”
The move from the House Democrats against the audit is not surprising to those who have followed the actions of the federal administration. Last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that they would “scrutinise” post-election “audits to ensure they abide by federal statutory requirements to protect election records and avoid intimidation of voter,” including the upcoming publication of “guidance explaining the civil and criminal statutes that apply” to them.
In a letter to Garland, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich slammed his comments as being “troubling,” and displaying “an alarming disdain for state sovereignty.” Brnovich said that the current “posturing” against the Maricopa County forensic audit did not “amuse” his office, adding that they will not” tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections.”
On Tuesday Arizona Senate Leader Karen Fann announced that the ballot totals from the 2020 Maricopa County election do not match with the ballot totals found by the Senate auditors.
On Tuesday Night OAN reported information on the audit is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.
On Wednesday US House Oversight Democrats launched an investigation into the Arizona Senate Audit.
It is not clear how the US House committee has jurisdiction over a state’s election regulations.
The US Constitution gives the state legislatures the power to prescribe and regulate elections.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) sent a letter to the CEO of the Cyber Ninjas demanding answers on the Arizona Senate Audit.
From the letter:
Dear Mr. Logan:
We are writing to request information about Cyber Ninjas’ participation in an “audit” of nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the 2020 election. We are concerned about your company’s role in this highly unusual effort, given Cyber Ninjas’ apparent lack of experience in conducting election-related audits; reports that the company engaged in sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting equipment and were questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and evidence that you and other individuals funding the audit have sought to advance the “big lie” of debunked voter fraud allegations in the November 2020 presidential election.
Here is the 13-page letter sent to the Cyber Ninjas from the House Oversight Democrats.