At a special meeting of the state Senate regarding Arizona’s 2020 election audit, a cyber expert testified Tuesday that he could recover a directory allegedly deleted from the server hosting Maricopa County election data, The Western Journal reported.

On May 12, Arizona auditors denounced Maricopa County via a tweet:

Ben Cotton, the founder of CyFir, a cyber risk and digital forensics solutions firm, told Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Senate Judiciary Chair Warren Petersen that he discovered the missing file directory while reviewing the master file list.

It’s is a “record of all of the directories and the files that are contained in that partition and a pointing—and a pointer to where that data resides on the hard drive,” said the interviewee, who is assisting with the audit.

The database directory on drive D of the “EMSPrimary” [Election Management System] machine had been deleted from that server, he confirmed. He then told Fann and Petersen that he was able to recover the files successfully.

In a letter to the Maricopa Board of Supervisors last week, Fann raised the deleted files, among other issues.

The board responded with its own letter to Fann on Monday, explaining why those files appeared as “deleted.”

“At no point was any data deleted when shutting down the server and packing up the equipment,” they explained.

The officials reiterated, “Maricopa County provided you the actual Dominion server as commanded by your subpoena and we did not transfer or delete from that server any data from the 2020 General Election that was subject to your subpoena.”

“You have now returned that server to us. Evidently, your ‘auditors’ made a copy of that server and are conducting their analysis on the copy,” the letter continued.

The letter cited security concerns about sensitive information contained in the routers if they get into the wrong hands.

The board members closed their letter, also signed by Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Democratic Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, by calling for a halt to the audit.

Senator Karen Fann and her staff, however, are not willing to budge.

“Senator President Karen Fann and Sen. Warren Petersen led a great hearing today seeking answers. The audit will continue on May 24th!” reads the Twitter feed where the progress of the audit is being posted.

This means that despite the obstacles and interferences, the investigation is continuing, fanning the hopes of millions of Americans who are very skeptical about the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump last week condemned the adulterations auditors found so far in the 2020 presidential election ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona.

In particular, he referred to the letter on irregularities written by Senate President Karen Fann mentioned above.

“Senate President Fann has invited Maricopa County officials to a public hearing on May 18 to allow them the opportunity to try to explain what happened to the missing databases, ballots, and other significant issues. The Fake News and Lamestream Media is doing everything they can not to cover this major story. They just refuse to talk or report about it. They don’t want the United States or World to see what is going on with our corrupt, third world election,” he wrote in his platform, “From my desk.”

In her letter, Fann requested that the passwords to the ballot tabulators be provided to know the complete information since county officials refused to do so.

What was most surprising was discovering that those passwords were never provided by Dominion Voting System, the administrator of the machines used to count the votes, evidencing that the elections were always under the control of a private company and not the state.

In this sense, Dominion indicated that they would not reveal the passwords nor allow any auditor to review their machines, arguing that the passwords are their intellectual property.

However, they would do so if the auditors, the company Cyber Ninjas, obtain approval from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

If those passwords were made available, the auditors estimate it would take less than two days to gather the data they need.

The Arizona case may set a great precedent, and states and counties may follow suit and demand greater transparency of election results through audits, as has already happened in Wyndham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, where, as of last week, the state House of Representatives election is being audited for the second time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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