Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers has been providing detailed updates from the floor of the state’s pivotal election audit. On Wednesday, Rogers toured the Veterans Memorial Coliseum audit site with a legislative delegation from Pennsylvania. Calls for an audit in the keystone state have grown louder in recent weeks.
The Pennsylvania delegation consisted of State Senators Doug Mastriano and Chris Dush, along with state rep Rob Kauffman, who chairs the PA House Judiciary Committee. Arizona state reps Leo Biasiucci, Joe Chaplik and Jacqueline Parker, along with state senators Sonny Borrelli and Wendy Rogers were present for the tour as well.
Below is a summary of the detailed notes taken by Rogers regarding the tour:
Q: Cyber Ninjas is precisely what kind of firm to be able to lead this audit?
Senator Rogers: They are an application security company, which has allowed a quick understanding on how election system applications work in detail.
- Their modus operandi is to perform threat modeling
- That is: they figure out ways a system can be attacked
- How to identify a threat and protect against it
- They find what the artifacts are in order to prove activity did or didn’t happen
- This was used in designing the audit scope
Steps to the AZ audit:
Phase one: canvassing – currently indefinitely delayed by the AZ Senate
- Did you vote?
- Does it match?
- There have been innumerable reports of mismatch anomalies
- Was the voter registration history changed?
Phase two: physical ballots
- Actual ballot counting
- Everyone can relate to the concept of counting paper ballots
- Maricopa volunteer counters must have voted in the Nov 2020 election
- No determination whether the counter volunteer is a Republican or a Democrat
- If a count is off by more than 1 person per 50 ballots counted, then the ballots are recounted
- It takes approximately 8 seconds to count a ballot
“There is no way to coordinate or sully this very precise process,” said Rogers. “There is no speed without accuracy.”
More on physical ballots (phase two):
- Paper examination table uses digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras
- 0% chance of damaging ballots
- Determines which oval was marked and if marked by a human
- Analyzes fibers of ballot material and barely-detectable yellow-dot watermarks
- Every last ballot should be able to be accounted for an indication of the more questionable areas to investigate
Phase three: electronic voting systems
- Digital capture of all voting systems provided is completed
- CyFIR followed industry best practices with write-block devices that prevented any hard drive from being changed
- Analysis of the data captured is ongoing
Phase four: results
- Numbers from various phases will be compared against the certified results
Cyber Ninjas CEO overall observations
- Americans must be able to trust how one’s vote is cast
- A judge’s scope of expertise does not tend to include higher math or computer systems
- Every American understands how to count and for the counting to be done at the local community level
- We should go to paper only
- We should be counting at the precinct level
- We should declare voting day a national holiday, so everyone can vote and participate in the counting
- Canada’s federal election is paper only
Q: What now could Pennsylvania (PA) do, if it wanted to pursue a comprehensive AZ-level audit?
Senator Rogers: In theory, the PA State Senate’s “State Government Committee” can issue a subpoena on behalf of the PA State Senate to start an in-depth audit of a PA county. Arizona welcomes ALL states to adopt this gold-standard of a process to ensure free and fair elections for 2022.