DOJ: Arizona recount may violate civil rights legal guidelines

The Department of Justice on Wednesday issued a warning regarding the 2020 Arizona ballot papers being examined in Maricopa County, indicating that doing so could violate both federal electoral and civil rights (CNN) laws Reports.

In a letter from CNN, Pamela Karlan, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, warned Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) that they are using Cyber ​​Ninjas – the Florida-based contractor who is conducting the exam – Provides voting material. could be a violation of the 1960 Civil Rights Act.

Apart from this possible violation of civil rights, there are “at least problems with a possible non-compliance with the federal laws enforced by the ministry”, according to Karlan.

The first problem of non-compliance, according to Karlan, has to do with reports that Maricopa County’s election records, systems and votes are “no longer under the final control of state and local electoral officials and are not adequately protected by contractors in an insecure facility.” and run the risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed. “

CNN notes that federal law requires state and local officials to keep election records for 22 months. Maricopa County had refused to take part in a recount ordered by the Arizona Senate.

“We are concerned that Maricopa County’s election records, which are required to be retained and retained by federal law, are no longer under the ultimate control of election officials, are not adequately protected by contractors, and are at risk of damage or loss,” added Karlan .

Karlan also raised concerns about intimidating voters about cyber ninja’s methods of voter authentication, such as voter authentication. B. Acquisition, CNN reports.

“The ministry enforces a number of federal laws that prohibit intimidation for voting or attempting to vote,” wrote Karlan. “Past experience of similar investigative efforts across the country has raised concerns that they may target minority voters, which may imply the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act.”

The Hill asked Fann for a reply to Karlan’s letter.

Cyber ​​Ninjas has no experience with elections and describes itself on its website as specializing in “all areas of application security, from your traditional web application to mobile or thick client applications”.

Concerns were raised about tweets from the company’s CEO, Doug Logan, which spread conspiracy theories regarding the Arizona elections.

Several previous audits have shown that the vote was counted accurately and that the voting machines were not tampered with. Arizona state senators have stated that the current audit, which is funded in part by taxpayers, will not undo the Arizona election results certified months ago.

The Maricopa County audit has been criticized by both Republican and Democratic politicians. Cindy McCain, a prominent Arizona Republican and wife of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainConservative Club for Growth PAC takes on Stefanik to replace Cheney. What’s really going on in Georgia Budowsky: Liz Cheney against conservatives on behalf of just MORE (R-Ariz.) Called the audit on Sunday “ridiculous”.

“The election is over. [President] Biden won, “McCain said while appearing on CNN’s State of the Union.” I know a lot of them don’t like the outcome, but elections have consequences. “

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) has also called the GOP-sponsored audit “such a farce”.

“A group of Republicans are still trying to appease their grassroots who refuse to accept this … Trump lost Arizona and he’s no longer the president,” Hobbs told CNN Chris CuomoChris CuomoHaaland: Santorum’s Indians comment on “unfortunate” questions from CNN’s Jake Tapper giving some GOP leaders airtime on CNN’s Don Lemon blasts over Santorum’s remarks MORE.

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