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Thu May 20, 2021, 05:45 PM

Arizona Secretary of State may not let Maricopa County reuse voting machines after audit [View all]

Source: Arizona Republic

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told Maricopa County officials in a letter Thursday that her office may not allow the county to reuse hundreds of vote-counting machines that the county gave the state Senate for its general election audit.

The county broke the chain of custody, or the procedures for properly securing and tracking the machines, when it was required to give the machines to the state Senate under subpoenas, Hobbs wrote in a May 20 letter to the county's Board of Supervisors, Recorder and Elections Department director.

Because the machines could have been tampered with while out of the county's custody, she wrote, they should not be used again.

Hobbs wrote that if the county tries to use the machines again, even if it performs a full analysis in an attempt to determine whether the machines were still safe to use, her office would "consider decertification proceedings." In Arizona, voting systems must be certified to be used in elections.

Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/05/20/katie-hobbs-may-not-let-maricopa-co-reuse-voting-machines-after-audit/5185817001/

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