Last Updated on February 17, 2022
As the 2020 election audit continues in Arizona, Maricopa County was forced to admit to auditors that the voting machines did not have passwords for administrative functions during the election.
Maricopa County reported to auditors today that they do not have a password to access the administrative function of their voting machines, according to a report by Christina Bobb of One America News. The administrative function is seperate from the regular function of the voting machines.
“If you think of it like your computer, you know, a lot of people can log in as users, but very few people can log in as administrators. So when the auditors were examining the machines, they were examining it as a user,” explained Bobb on OAN. “And then they reached the point where they needed the administrative password, and when they reached back out to the county, the county was forced to acknowledge that they did not have the password. Which means they didn’t have it for the election. Which means they did not have any control over the machines for the election.”
The OAN segment was picked up by Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast and a clip of the segment was posted by CD Media.
“Additionally, you wrote me on April 30, 2021, asking that the county provide additional passwords, user names, and/or security keys utilized with the County’s precinct based tabulators. The County has provided every password, user name, and security key in its custody or control, as commanded by the Senate’s subpoenas, and does not have any others,” said Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel in an email to Ken Bennett.
The news comes as Arizona Democrats just reached a settlement with the firm involved in the audit. National File reported that Arizona Senate Republicans that will see the firm, Cyber Ninjas, immediately cease signature verification just 9 days before the audit is set to be finished.
According to the settlement, Cyber Ninjas “and their agents will not compare signatures on early ballot envelopes with signatures from the voter registration file. The Senate Defendants warrant and represent that they are not currently comparing signatures on early ballot envelopes with signatures from the voter registration file, and will notify Plaintiffs within 48 hours of any decision to undertake such signature comparison and afford Plaintiffs 48 hours to respond to resolve any concerns.”