Source:  Annalisa Pesek

At long last, the Maricopa County Forensic Audit results are in, and Americans are finally getting answers to what really happened on November 3, 2020, when the U.S. presidential election unfolded in utter chaos, as polling centers across the country closed unexpectedly in the midst of counting votes, election workers pulled boxes of hidden ballots from underneath unmarked tables, and Republican poll watchers were refused entry to observe the election process.

The findings of the historic review, which comprised a full-hand recount of nearly 2.1 million votes cast in the state’s most populous county, a full-forensic evaluation of the paper ballots and voting machines, and a meticulous analysis of voter rolls, were presented on Friday, September 24, during a three-hour-long public Senate hearing, livestreamed to the American public.

The audit results reveal significant and widespread election vulnerabilities and irregularities that many are claiming warrant a decertification of the state’s 11 Electoral College votes for Joe Biden.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Warren Petersen presided over the hearing, where auditors from the Sarasota, Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas shed light on the results of “more than 100,000 hours of examining paper ballots, voting machines, and voter data patterns.”

Millions of Americans will remember well how the state of Arizona featured prominently among the unprecedented anomalies of election night, beginning with an early call by Fox News declaring Biden the winner of the state, even though thousands of voters were still in line to cast their ballots.

Ultimately, Arizona’s votes were certified for Biden over former president Donald Trump, with Biden leading by a slim margin of 10,457 votes.

In their Executive Summary, the auditors led off with “positive news” that “no substantial differences” existed “between the hand count of ballots provided and the official election canvass results for Maricopa County.”

Fann declared this finding that the numbers of the two audits matched within a couple hundred votes “the most important and encouraging,” penning a letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich stating “the paper ballots are the best evidence of voter intent because they are under 24-hour video surveillance and physical security, and there is no reliable evidence that they were altered to any material degree.”

Additional results of the months-long, Republican-led audit, however, suggest excessive evidence of significant and widespread fraud involving many more votes than the number separating Biden and Trump in Arizona, and warranting a deeper investigation by AG Brnovich, per the recommendation of the auditors, and as formally advised Fann’s letter dated September 24, accompanying the audit reports.Audit-Cover-Letter-to-Attorney-GeneralDownload

Of the auditors’ analyses, the main findings from the Maricopa County Forensic Election Audit Volume I: Executive Summary & Recommendations included the following:

• None of the various systems related to elections had numbers that would balance and agree with each other. In some cases, these differences were significant.

• There appears to be many 27, 807 ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election.

• Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server.

• Ballot images 284,412 on the EMS were corrupt or missing.

• Logs appeared to be intentionally rolled over, and all the data in the database related to the 2020 General Election had been fully cleared.

• On the ballot side, batches were not always clearly delineated, duplicated ballots were missing the required serial numbers, originals were duplicated more than once, and the Auditors were never provided Chain-of-Custody documentation for the ballots for the time-period prior to the ballot’s movement into the Auditors’ care. This all increased the complexity and difficulty in properly auditing the results; and added ambiguity into the final conclusions.

• Maricopa County failed to follow basic cyber security best practices and guidelines from CISA

• Software and patch protocols were not followed

• Credential management was flawed: unique usernames and passwords were not allocated

• Lack of baseline for host and network activity for approved programs, communications protocols and communications devices for voting systems.

Additional findings outlined in the Maricopa County Forensic Election Audit Volume III: Result Details included more than 23,000 thousand mail-in ballots sent from a voter’s prior address, meaning no one by the name of the voter existed at the address from which the ballot was cast; nearly 10,000 ballots shown as returned than were actually sent, and more than 5,000 ballots by voters who potentially voted in multiple counties.

From the beginning of the audit process, Senate President Fann has maintained that the purpose of the audit was to uncover and report the truth to the American people, providing “careful and accurate answers” that “address voter concerns about the integrity of the certified results of the 2020 general election.”

Fann appears to have accomplished her goal, but she will need assistance from the Arizona state legislature to enact true reform of the current election process to continue to ensure the preservation of free and fair elections in this country.

Given the overwhelming evidence of widespread fraud, confidence remains low among Americans concerning the U.S. elections process. However, these auditors offer a glimmer of hope as their report states, “the preamble to our Constitution reminds us that our nation is always pursuing greater perfection, seeking to establish ‘… a more perfect Union’ so that we can ‘…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.’ ” To that end, the auditors engaged in the review process, pressing Americans to continue our due diligence in “determining what areas [of] legislative reform may enhance our current process so our election integrity improves, becoming unquestionably ‘more perfect.’ ”