Arizona Senate Requests To Meet With Maricopa County Officials Over Erased Key Election Files

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann asked that representatives from Maricopa County meet with her next week to discuss the 2020 election audit concerns, in particular if anyone removed the main database from the Elections Management System last month.

In a letter Wednesday, Fann made a request she sent to the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

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“We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted,” Fann wrote, alleging that the missing directory is protected by a subpoena from the Senate which permits the group to seize election audit materials.

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“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?” Fann questioned.

The team’s findings point to “spoliation of evidence” by county officials, according to the audit team’s Twitter handle, which is maintained by unidentified volunteers.

Fann has asked that Elections Department officials and those with knowledge of the situation meet on May 18 at the Arizona State Capitol to discuss the EMS files and other specified concerns “without recourse to additional subpoenas or other compulsory process.”

If both sides accept, the meeting will be livestreamed to the media.

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