Maricopa County Secretary Stephen Richer on Saturday called a Trump statement accusing the county of suppressing an election database “imbalanced” and called on other Republicans to end the unfounded accusations.
“We can no longer indulge in these senseless lies. As a party. As a state. As a country, ”Richer tweeted.
Richer became a recorder in January, after beating the incumbent Democrat.
Instead, listeners moved at a snail’s pace and had to close Thursday after counting around 500,000 ballots. They plan to resume counting in a week, after high school graduation ceremonies scheduled for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, which they have rented for the recount.
Trump’s statement said, in part, that “the entire Maricopa County Arizona database has been DELETED!” It’s illegal, and the Arizona State Senate, which runs the forensic audit, takes up arms. “
Richer and the board say this statement is simply wrong. In recent days, he and the board have started to aggressively push back on what they see as continuing lies from Republicans who question the loss of Trump.
“Enough of libel. Enough unfounded allegations, ”Richer tweeted Thursday. “I came to this office to administer the duties of the office competently, fairly and legally. Don’t be accused by your own party of shredding ballots and deleting files for an election I didn’t organize. Sufficient. “
The board, headed by Republican President Jack Sellers, has aggressively used Twitter in recent days to push back, triggering a series of posts criticizing the private company performing the audit. The council plans to hold a public hearing on Monday to further refute the lies and lay out the facts on the issues.
“I know you are all tired of the lies and half-truths six months after the 2020 general election,” Sellers said on Friday announcing Monday’s meeting.
Fann sent Sellers a letter on Wednesday asking county officials to respond publicly to questions in the Senate on Tuesday, but she stopped before her threat to issue subpoenas.
Fann reiterated the Senate’s demand for access to administrative passwords for voice counters and Internet routers. County officials said they returned all the passwords they had and refused to give up the routers, saying it would compromise sensitive data, including classified law enforcement information held by the sheriff’s office.
Fann offered to allow his contractor to view data from routers at county facilities under the supervision of the sheriff’s office. “The Senate has no interest in consulting or taking possession of any information that is not related to the administration of the 2020 general election,” she wrote.
The county says passwords sought by the Senate are kept by Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which manufactures the vote counting machines and leases them to the county. The company said in a statement Thursday that it is cooperating with auditors certified by the US Election Assistance Commission, and has done so for two previous audits of 2020 results in Maricopa County, but will not work with Cyber Ninjas.
Associated Press reporter Jonathan J. Cooper contributed.