Arizona secretary of state doubles down on claims Maricopa County audit is being mishandled

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is stepping up her claims that a Republican-backed audit of the 2020 election results in the state’s Maricopa County is being mishandled.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Democrat leader claims “one of her experts” spotted on Tuesday “a Wi-Fi router connected to audit servers” — an accusation that, if true, could mean the review has been compromised.

“There’s no way to ensure that ballot images, vote counts, [and] perhaps voter data weren’t connected to external networks or the internet,” Hobbs wrote in a tweet, according to the Examiner.

The Twitter-feud continues

The Examiner said a Twitter account claiming to represent the audit, Maricopa Arizona Audit, took to the platform with an attack of its own against Hobbs, declaring: “No wireless was ever enabled.”

The audit team has argued that it needs access to Maricopa County router passwords to review materials as part of the review, but Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel says handing over the information “could jeopardize the security of law enforcement data,” as the Examiner notes.

“Give them answers”

Speaking with The Daily Show this week, Hobbs doubled down on her stance that the audit is all but fraudulent.

“I know that it’s comical to watch what’s happening here in Arizona,” she told the late-night show, according to the Arizona Republic‘s Bill Goodykoontz. “But I think it’s also important to note that this is also dangerous to our democracy,” she charged.

“We saw how dangerous the post-election misinformation was,” Hobbs added. “This is a group of people who are clearly partisan. It is headed by a company that has no auditing or election experience. And they’re making up the rules as they go along.”

Republican backers of the audit say it “will help lawmakers identify loopholes and fix problems,” according to the Wall Street Journal

“When almost half of the voters say they lack confidence and have questions about the integrity of our system, it’s time for someone to step up and give them answers,” Arizona state Senate president Karen Fann (R) told the Journal last month.

The audit could be complete as soon as May 23, the Examiner said. But reports indicate that whatever it turns up, it won’t change the outcome of the 2020 presidential race, as the results in Arizona were already certified by the state.

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