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Election officials have another year to fight disinformation

Voting rights advocates caution there is still considerable work to do ahead of next year’s midterms to boost lagging confidence in the democratic process. ... Read more»

Election officials scramble to find poll workers

With no presidential or congressional races on the ballot this year, election officials are scrambling to find the workers they need so voters can weigh in on the still-important host of state, local and judicial races on ballots around the country — races that have direct impact on local communities. ... Read more»

Fann demands Maricopa County answer audit questions, supervisors say new allegations are lies

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann is demanding that Maricopa County send officials to a special meeting Tuesday to answer lawmakers’ questions about issues related to the ongoing election 'audit' she ordered, and the chairman of the board of supervisors responded by calling a special public meeting to rebut the 'audit' team’s claims that he called “lies” and “dangerous.” ... Read more»

Secretary of state’s observers raise concerns with Arizona 'audit'

Observers with the Arizona’s Secretary of State’s Office who were granted access to the state Senate’s 'audit' of the Maricopa County election said they witnessed concerning issues in regards to security of computers, ballots and a general lack of procedures around the process. ... Read more»

Arizona Senate hires a 'Stop the Steal' advocate to lead 2020 election audit

The audit team that Senate President Karen Fann selected to examine the 2020 general election in Maricopa County will be led by a company owned by an advocate of the “Stop the Steal” movement who repeatedly alleged on social media that the election was rigged against former President Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Audits find no problems with Maricopa County election machines

The results of two forensic audits commissioned by Maricopa County of ballot tabulation machines used in the 2020 election found no evidence of hacking, malware, vote switching or internet connectivity. ... Read more»

Richer defends Maricopa County audit amid GOP lawmakers’ criticism

Maricopa County’s top elections official pushed back against criticism that the county’s audit is insufficient. The audit will ensure that the machines and the software are exactly the same as they were at the time of their original federal certification and is being conducted by two firms certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.... Read more»

Maricopa County supervisors order election audit in response to allegations

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors ordered an audit of equipment used to tally the November vote to determine whether Maricopa County’s ballot tabulation machines have been hacked in any way. The county will contract with two auditors certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. A proposed settlement agreement between the Senate and the county would require the Senate to use an EAC-approved auditor.... Read more»

Feds don't regulate election equipment, so states are on their own

With the 2020 presidential election approaching, security experts, lawmakers and even election vendors themselves are calling for more rigorous testing of election equipment and stricter security standards for the private companies that provide election-related services. ... Read more»