Arizona Republican Comes Out Against Sham Election ‘Audit’

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As a sham effort to audit the presidential election results in Maricopa County, Arizona, continues, local Republican officials from the county itself have again made their opposition to the antics clear. Now, the county’s Board of Supervisors is refusing to comply with a subpoena from Republican state Senators for routers used by the county’s elections division, which conspiracy theorists claim — with no legitimate, supporting evidence — would show confirmations of election fraud if examined. Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers (R) sent a fundraising email to supporters telling the local officials who refused to comply with this subpoena to “check your six,” which is essentially a way of saying “watch your back” and thus seems startlingly close to an overt physical threat.

On CNN, Bill Gates — who serves as the vice chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which is currently comprised almost entirely of Republican members — spoke out about the situation. The board has stood united against the so-called audit, and Gates directly blamed Republican leaders for death threats that officials in his county have received, commenting as follows:

‘Unfortunately, the threats continue, and they’re not simply organic. They’re being driven, unfortunately, by members of the Arizona state Senate and other Republicans across the country. We received phone calls into our offices at the Board of Supervisors, our staff, saying that our families are going to be slaughtered, and threatening us to stop standing up for the good elections workers of Maricopa County.’

As for why exactly that local Republican officials are refusing to deliver the routers to state Senators as demanded, Gates said that it “all comes down to the question of whether the machines used in [the] November 2020 election were connected to the internet, and they were not.” Gates further explained that he’s not just going off conjecture here — in fact, he said, independent auditors brought in by local officials “established that these machines were not connected to the internet.” Gates also said that Maricopa County officials have already provided logs to the Arizona state Senate that “establish that these machines were never connected to the internet.”

Gates added as follows:

‘The reason that we’re not turning over these routers is because they basically would provide a blueprint, if they got into the wrong hands, of the information systems at Maricopa County. Now why is that an issue? Well we have a lot of personal information of our citizens on those routers, but more than that, actually if this got into the wrong hands, it would provide information on sensitive law enforcement activities, law enforcement personnel that could put these operations at risk.’

Gates noted that the issues don’t even end there — the databases, he explained, are shared between law enforcement personnel “across the state,” meaning that the inept bumbling of the so-called auditors could jeopardize law enforcement operations throughout Arizona. A potential security breach could have serious consequences. Watch Gates’s comments below: