Dominion Voting Systems is joining the chorus of protest over the controversial audit of the 2020 election in Arizona’s Maricopa County.
According to the Washington Examiner, the voting machine company has said it to won’t cooperate with what it called an “irresponsible” audit, citing the “unaccredited” firm managing it. The development comes after the Arizona Senate accused Maricopa County of withholding passwords to access the company’s voting machines, the Associated Press reported.
“Bias and incompetence”
Dominion said that they would be pleased to cooperate with the demand, but Cyber Ninjas — the firm running the audit — lacks credibility. Audits carried out by Maricopa County earlier this year were legitimate, however, the company said.
“We happily did so with the independent EAC-accredited providers that Maricopa County hired for system auditing earlier this year,” the company said, according to the Examiner. But “not only is Cyber Ninjas unaccredited, but they have also demonstrated bias and incompetence, including committing a serious breach of the secure chain of custody that protects voting equipment,” they added.
Dominion also said releasing its “intellectual property to an unaccredited, biased, and plainly unreliable actor such as Cyber Ninjas would be reckless, causing irreparable damage to the commercial interests of the company and the election security interests of the country,” according to the AP. “No company should be compelled to participate in such an irresponsible act,” they said in a statement.
Pressed for comment by the Examiner, the company didn’t speak further.
Controversial audit continues
For weeks, Democrats have slammed the audit as a partisan wild goose chase seeking to prove that President Joe Biden was not elected legitimately. Opponents of the audit have portrayed Cyber Ninjas as unqualified and illegitimate, pointing to the group’s founder, who has echoed former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Republicans have said that the loud protest from Democrats shows they are afraid of what the audit might uncover.
Dominion, for its part, was responding to a letter from Arizona Senate president Karen Fann (R) complaining to Maricopa County officials that auditors had discovered traces of a missing database and demanding access to its passwords, as well as virtual images of the county’s routers.
According to Arizona’s ABC 15, Fann said it “strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion,” as the county conducted two of its own audits this year that it touted as proof that the election was fraud-free.
Maricopa County has resisted the current audit, which is examining more than 2 million ballots, from the start, and they slammed Fann’s claims as “reckless” and “unfounded.”
According to the Examiner, Dominion has filed high-profile defamation lawsuits against Trump allies who claimed without evidence that its machines were hacked in 2020 to throw the race to Biden. Meanwhile, the Arizona Senate has renewed its lease at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which originally lasted through Friday, May 14, according to reports.