“Our form of government is built on the promise that every vote counts. Following the 2020 General Election, some of our residents expressed concerns their ballots were not counted as intended,” said Jack Sellers, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman District 1, in a news release. “As a result, the Board of Supervisors asked two firms to independently look at the security and reliability of our election equipment and processes and to let us know if they found any evidence of equipment malfunction or foul play that might have changed the outcome of any race. The firms we hired are the only two in the United States certified to do this work. We asked them to go beyond what we had already done to ensure the integrity of our elections and beyond even the stringent requirements of state law. We are releasing the results of those audits today so that the public can see what we see and know what we know: no hacking or vote switching occurred in the 2020 election.”
The audits, completed by SLI Compliance and Pro V&V, found that Maricopa County Elections Department’s configuration and setup of the tabulation equipment provided an accurate counting of ballots and reporting of election results, according to a news release.
The forensic audit adds to the steps already taken by Maricopa County to ensure the accuracy of the federally- and state-certified hardware and software used to count votes.
“It is vital for us to listen to people’s concerns, to take them seriously and to open ourselves up to closer examination when it comes to something as important as the right to vote. That’s what these audits were about,” Supervisor Steve Chucri, District 2, said in a news release. “I believe it was necessary and right to address the questions that emerged following the 2020 elections, and I’m confident we did that thoroughly and with all Maricopa County voters in mind.”
The board of supervisors will review the audits in a special board meeting Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Find the audit reports and more information about the election at http://maricopa.gov/forensicaudit.