Maricopa County Abandons Voting Machines After Third-Party Audit

For many on the far-right end of the American political spectrum, questions about the outcome of the 2020 election remain a constant source of anger and worry.

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that the contest was “stolen” from him, either through the work of Democratic politicians illegally expanding the balloting process, or via the clandestine manipulation of voting machines themselves.

In Arizona’s most populous county, a third-party entity is currently auditing the machines used in the 2020 election, looking for any evidence of wrongdoing.

Now, local leaders are admitting that they’ll be trashing the machines once the audit is over.

Maricopa County will not reuse most of its voting equipment after it has been with Arizona Senate contractors for its audit of November election results, the county announced Monday.

The potential cost to taxpayers is so far unknown. The county is about half way through a $6.1 million lease with Dominion Voting Systems for the equipment, but it’s unclear whether it will have to pay the rest of the money owed under that lease, and whether the county or Senate will be on the hook.

The county’s Board of Supervisors wrote in a June 28 letter to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs that they share her concerns about whether the hundreds of vote-counting machines that they had to give the Senate’s contractors are safe to use, in part considering the contractors are not certified to handle election equipment in the United States.

Of course, the mainstream media has roundly rejected the idea that there could be any value whatsoever in this audit, meaning that there is little chance that any inconsistencies uncovered by the probe will reach the masses.