a group of people sitting in a harbor: In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Arizona’s largest county has approved nearly $3 million for new vote-counting machines to replace those given to legislative Republicans for a partisan review of the 2020 election. The GOP-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors said Wednesday, July 14, 2021 that the machines were compromised because they were in the control of firms not accredited to handle election equipment. AP Photo/Matt York, Pool, FileOn July 26, a new series of subpoenas were issued to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors The board and the county attorney’s office objected to portions of the subpoenas Board Chair Jack Sellers issued a response asking elected officials to stop encouraging conspiracy theories.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a pointed response to Arizona state Senate Republicans, who issued a new series of subpoenas to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on July 26 related to their audit of the 2020 election. Board Chairman Jack Sellers condemned the audit in his portion of the response, stating that the board has “little time to entertain this adventure in never-never land.”

In early 2020, the state’s Senate chose Cyber Ninjas, a private firm with no previous election experience, to carry out another count of ballots in Maricopa County. The firm is spearheaded by a Trump supporter who promoted false conspiracy claims last fall.

Because President Joe Biden won Maricopa County by more than 45,000 votes, the audit commissioned by Arizona’s GOP-led state Senate has been dismissed by experts as a partisan endeavor intended to substantiate former President Donald Trump’s false claims that he won.

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