In the newest improvement within the partisan Republican “audit” of Arizona presidential votes, voting system information has been taken to a secret hideout in Montana.
An unsupervised driver transported copies of poll information in a truck to a cabin locally of Bigfork in northwest Montana, a number of media shops reported.
The state Senate Republican liaison has “confirmed that copies of voting system data was sent to a ‘lab’ in Montana,” an observer wrote earlier this month on an “SOS” web site arrange by the workplace of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D). “He did not specify what security measures were in place, or what the lab in Montana will do with the data, or how long it will be in possession of the copies,” added the observe.
Hobbs, who’s operating for governor, known as the Montana operation “madness.” She mentioned audit organizers promised a “transparent” operation with cameras. “There was no camera in a cabin in Montana,” she mentioned.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” Hobbs advised CNN, which refers back to the operation as a “fraudit.” “If it wasn’t happening right in front of our eyes, we wouldn’t believe it was happening.” (Check out the video above.)
Arizona Republic journalist Jen Fifield found that the cabin now holding the information is the residence of Ben Cotton, founding father of digital firm CyFIR, which is a subcontractor of the corporate operating the recount. CyFIR’s dad or mum firm, Cyber Technologies, additionally run by Cotton, seems to have the identical handle within the Montana woods, which was tracked down by CNN this week.
The audit of two.1 million votes in Maricopa County is vastly controversial. The audit was ordered by state Senate Republicans, and solely entails races gained by Democrats. The partisan overview by the Cyber Ninjas firm, which has no expertise with elections, is headed by conspiracy theorist Doug Logan, a promoter of the “Big Lie” that the election was rigged. He posted messages months in the past that “hundreds of thousands” of recent votes would inevitably be discovered for Donald Trump.
In one off-the-rails operation, Cyber Ninjas operatives are in search of proof of bamboo fibers in ballots as proof that China interfered with the election. One of the auditors really seems on the identical ballots he’s reviewing as each a failed GOP candidate and an elector for Trump.
Election officers have warned that enormous numbers of the unsecured ballots might have already got been altered or trashed, and are actually utterly unreliable — and that manipulation of voting machines has rendered them unusable for future elections.
As for the Montana seize of voter information, “at this point in the audit, nothing really is surprising to me,” Fifield advised Montana NBC affiliate KGVO-TV. “The Senate has never told us the full list of contractors involved and the names of the people. It’s been like a puzzle trying to put everything together.”
State Senate liaison Ken Bennett confirmed to KGVO that the “powerful lab” is run by Cotton. Transported information was downloaded from the arduous drives that Maricopa County used within the election, he mentioned. It might or might not embody voter registration information, and a few of it may very well be delicate, Bennett mentioned.
Fifield mentioned expertise consultants have warned of the hazard of “unfettered access” in Montana to information that would comprise voters’ personal info.
Cotton refused to debate the info with KGVO as a result of he mentioned he has signed a nondisclosure settlement.
The Arizona vote was licensed greater than six months in the past by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey after a number of recounts failed to search out any irregularities. Joe Biden beat Trump by 10,457 votes within the state. Biden edged out his rival by greater than 2 proportion factors ― about 45,000 votes ― in Maricopa County, which incorporates Phoenix.
Trump has indicated to visitors at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida that he thinks votes unearthed for him by the Cyber Ninjas may very well be his means again to White House reinstatement.
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