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Subpoenaed voting machines from 2020 election in Maricopa County to be taken out of service

Voting machines in Maricopa County, Arizona that were subpoenaed in connection to the 2020 presidential election audit will be removed from service.

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Voting machines in Maricopa County, Arizona that were subpoenaed in connection with the 2020 presidential election audit will be removed from service, Maricopa County officials announced on Monday.

In a May 20 letter, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs cited "grave concerns regarding the security and integrity" of said machines in future elections because they were turned over to a private company, Cyber Ninja, for the audit of the 2020 presidential election. She urged for the replacement of millions of dollars of voting equipment, or risk the "decertification" of proceedings.

Responding to the letter on Monday, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel stated that the machines will be taken out of service, agreeing with her concerns.

"[The letter] expressed your concerns about any future use by Maricopa County of the election equipment that was subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate, because they placed it under the control of persons not certified to handle election equipment in the United States, such as the Cyber Ninjas and others," wrote Adel. "You also stated that, if the County intended to use the equipment in future Arizona elections, you would consider beginning decertification proceedings."

"The Board shares your concerns," he continued. "It also recognizes your authority as Arizona's Chief Election Officer to determine what equipment is acceptable for use in Arizona’s elections, as provided by A.R.S. § 16-442. Accordingly, I write to notify you that Maricopa County will not use the subpoenaed election equipment in any future election."

Cyber Ninja announced last week that the audit in Maricopa Country, which received nationwide attention, has come to a close.

Ken Bennett, who is serving as the Arizona Senate's liaison for the Maricopa County election audit, told OAN he expected the findings to be released in August. However, they could come as early as late July or as late as Labor Day, stated Yahoo News.

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