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Arizona secretary of state says Maricopa County needs new voting machines after Republican audit

In a letter to Maricopa County officials on Thursday, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said she has “grave concerns” over the “security and integrity” of voting machines that were turned over to private contractors hired by the Republican-led state Senate to audit the November presidential election. Using subpoenas, the state Senate was able to get the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County during the election, as well as voting machines and personal information on voters. They hired the Florida firm Cyber Ninjas, which has no election experience, to run the audit, giving them unmonitored access to everything. Hobbs said Cyber Ninjas has “failed to provide full transparency into what they did with the equipment,” and she finds it alarming that “the chain of custody, a critical security tenet, has been compromised and election officials do…

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