AZ Senate President Speaks on Maricopa County Agreement: “It’s A Huge Win For Us – We Needed Data So We Could Finish the Audit”
At the end of last week, an agreement was made between the Arizona State Senate and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
While they aren’t exactly getting precisely what they wanted, they are essentially going to get the data that they’ve been looking for with this agreement.
They wanted the routers, but they’re not going to get the routers. What they will get though is a special master (someone whom they choose) to get questions from the Arizona State Senate that he will find the answers to regarding the routers and the Splunk logs.
At the same time, the county is dropping a lawsuit seeking $2.8 million in “damages” to replace the voting equipment that they alleged was rendered obsolete and void because of the audit. This wasn’t true and was all just a political game.
During the interview, the interviewer asked Fann to explain a little bit more about how the recent agreement is a win for the Arizona State Senate.
Fann replied, “Yeah, it’s a huge win for us. So remember we have been for months, trying to get access to the routers and the Splunk logs and a few of the other things. We were successful in getting some stuff on the subpoena but they’ve been holding these out for months. And the reason why we needed, we need the data from them, we need the information so we can finish the audit. Luckily we tried to work with them, but Senator Borrelli filed the 1487 A few weeks ago. Our Attorney General Mark Brnovich, he rendered an opinion that said that we are in the right and that he also believes that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was in violation of statute 1487 and gave him a deadline to turn everything over. So, a couple of days ago they reached out to us and said, Would you consider talking a settlement with us? And we said, depends on what it is. So they came to us and they said look, our main concern is we just don’t want the auditors actually touching the routers. But were willing to work with you on that…”
Hopefully, the man they chose, John Shadegg, a former Republican lawmaker will act honestly and get the answers that they want. What is likely to happen is that whoever is showing Shadegg the information will pull the wool over his eyes because he won’t know what he’s looking at.