The United States Department of Justice expressed concern over ballot security and voter intimidation as the Arizona state Senate conducts a private audit of 2020 election ballots in Maricopa County.
In a letter to state Sen. Karen Fann, the Justice Department wrote about “two issues of potential noncompliance with federal laws” related to the audit.
“The first issue relates to a number of reports suggesting that the ballots, elections systems, and election materials that are the subject of the Maricopa County audit are no longer under the ultimate control of state and local elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors at an insecure facility, and are at risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed,”Pricipal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan wrote.
The department’s second concern relates the statement of work from to the group running the audit, Cyber Ninjas, that raises concerns regarding “potential intimidation of persons for voting or attempting to vote.”
“Among other things, the statement of work indicates that the contractor has been working ‘with a number of individuals’ to ‘identify voter registrations that did not make sense, and then knock on doors to confirm if valid voters actually lived at the stated address,'” Karlan wrote.
“The statement of work also indicates that the contractor will ‘select a minimum of three precincts’ in Maricopa County ‘with a high number of anomalies’ in order ‘to conduct an audit of voting history’ and that voters may be contacted through a ‘combina
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