The Arizona Senate on Tuesday met to discuss election audit concerns in regards to Senate President Karen Fann’s letter to the Maricopa Board of Supervisors over alleged substantial irregularities, which detailed deleted databases on the Election Management System (EMS) machines (Dominion), a chain of custody purportedly violated, and missing paper ballots– for the ongoing forensic audit currently taking place for the November 3, 2020 general election in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Senator Fann wrote, in part, to the Maricopa Board of Supervisors last week, “We have recently discovered that the entire ‘Database’ directory from the D drive of the machine ‘EMSPrimary’ has been deleted. This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena.”
“In addition, the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, ‘Results Tally and Reporting,’ is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database. This suggests that the main database for all election related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed. Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?” Senator Fann asked in her letter.
The image below shows the location of the files known to be deleted. In addition, the main database for “Results Tally and Reporting” is not present, according to Sen. Fann.
On Tuesday, a contractor helping run the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County election results said that he has located the data the Senate said was deleted. Continued Below
Ben Cotton, founder of CyFir, a firm involved in the process, announced Tuesday that he has the files.
“All of this may be a moot point because subsequently, I have been able to recover all of those deleted files and I have access to that data,” Cotton told Senator Fann and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen.”
“I have the information I need from the recovery efforts,” he revealed. Video Below
Founder of CyFir Ben Cotton’s remarks:
Tuesday’s full meeting: