Amid the extended look into Arizona's election system and the results of the 2020 general presidential election, Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann wrote a letter asking for a meeting to resolve supposed disparities in Maricopa County's final vote tallies, as uncovered by the an audit of that election.
Fann stated that that Election Management System's database, which information was subject to a subpoena by the state senate, has been deleted, according to the Arizona Independent News Network.
Fann's letter to Jack Sellers, chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, reads "We have recently discovered that the entire 'Database' directory from the D drive of the machine 'EMSPrimary' has been deleted. This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena."
"This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed. Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?"
The Arizona audit is continuing, and Florida-based cyber-security firm Cyber Ninjas has been contracted to "oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona’s largest county. They are conducting a hand recount of all 2.1 million ballots and looking into baseless conspiracy theories suggesting there were problems with the election, which have grown popular with supporters of former President Donald Trump," according to the AP.
The AP reported additionally that Sellers "did not directly respond to Fann's request for county officials to answer questions at the Senate on Tuesday, but said the county will hold its own public meeting the day before 'to refute lies and lay out facts about these issues.'"
The Biden administration, The Daily Wire reports, attempted to put a halt to the audit. The DOJ's head of the civil rights division, Pamela S. Karlan, wrote "that the recount of nearly 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County by a private contractor may not comply with federal law, which requires that ballots be securely maintained for 22 months following a federal election."
"We have a concern that Maricopa County election records, which are required by federal law to be retained and preserved, are no longer under the ultimate control of elections officials, are not being adequately safeguarded by contractors, and are at risk of damage or loss," Karlan wrote.