Arizona Senate questions whether Maricopa County erased key election files

Washington Examiner by Kaelan Deese

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann requested Maricopa County officials meet with her next week to resolve issues related to the 2020 election audit, particularly whether someone deleted a main database from the Election Management System last month.

Fann made the request in a Wednesday letter sent to Jack Sellers, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” Fann wrote, claiming the missing directory is covered by the Senate’s subpoena, which allows the group to seize elections materials for the audit.

“This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed,” she added. “Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?”

The audit team’s Twitter account, which is run by unspecified volunteers, said the team’s allegations point toward “spoliation of evidence” by county officials.

Fann requested Elections Department officials, and others privy to the matter, meet at the Arizona State Capitol on May 18 to address the EMS files along with other stated issues “without recourse to additional subpoenas or other compulsory process.”

The meeting, if parties agree to it, would be livestreamed to the public.

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