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Cyber Ninjas Arizona Forensic Audit Maricopa County “Volume I: Executive Summary & Recommendations” final report is shorter and excludes chart of types and numbers of problem ballots, which is found in the reportedly leaked draft.

Final vs reported leaked Draft:
The “Document Overview” is unchanged. However, the “Executive Summary” is very different and much shorter in the final version. The reportedly leaked draft is more overtly damning and said that the 2020 election should not be certified, which is an apparent call for decertification: “57,734 ballots with serious issues were identified in the audit. These issues include improper voter registration, improper votes, and discrepancies in the registration. This is a conservative estimate, as there were other identified problems that were not quantified nor included in that total, likely resulting in a much larger number of flawed ballots.

Additional issues identified: backdated registrations, multiple voter registrations linked to the same voter affidavit, voters without records in a commercial database, and printing defects rendering thousands of ballots as suspicious.

In the 2020 presidential election, the margin of victory was only 10,457 votes, a small fraction of the 57,734 ballots with known issues. Again, this is almost 6 times the margin of victory in the Presidential race and is multiples of the margin of victory in other races. Based on these factual findings, the election should not be certified, and the reported results are not reliable.”

The final draft includes the nonsensical phrase: “What has been found is both encouraging and revealing,” absent from the reported leaked draft.

In the final version this isn’t clear: “There appears to be many 27,807 ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election.
• Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server.
• Ballot images 284,412 on the EMS were corrupt or missing.

Does this, in the final report, mean that 284,412 ballot images were corrupt or missing from the Election Management System Server? Presumably. If so, this appears very very damning, even if they didn’t overtly call for decertification in the final report.

Update note: According to Gateway Pundit, the CEO of Cyber Ninjas states that the draft was fake: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/threatened-exclusive-interview-doug-logan-cyber-ninjas-arizona-senate-forensic-audit/

Maricopa County Forensic Audit: Volume I: Executive Summary & Recommendations

2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Final vs. Draft:

FINAL:
The preamble to our Constitution reminds us that our nation is always pursuing greater perfection, seeking to establish “… a more perfect Union” so that we can “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Nothing is more essential in preserving liberty than free and fair elections.

To that end, Cyber Ninjas was engaged by the Arizona Senate to audit the 2020 General Election and determine in what areas legislative reform may enhance our current process so that our elections may continue to get better, becoming “more perfect.” In doing so, it was our goal to improve confidence in American elections by identifying areas where legislation could resolve any identified issues.

This audit has been the most comprehensive and complex election audit ever conducted. It involved the hand counting of 2.1 million ballots, a forensic paper inspection of all ballots, a forensic review of the voting machines, and an in-depth analysis of the voter rolls and the 2020 General Election final files.

What has been found is both encouraging and revealing. On the positive side there were no substantial differences between the hand count of the ballots provided and the official election canvass results for Maricopa County. This is an important finding because the paper ballots are the best evidence of voter intent and there is no reliable evidence that the paper ballots were altered to any material degree.

Based on our other findings, however, we recommend that the Legislature tighten up the election process to provide additional certainty going forward, and that several specific findings of our audit be further reviewed by the Arizona Attorney General for a possible investigation. Such other findings include the following:

• None of the various systems related to elections had numbers that would balance and agree with each other. In some cases, these differences were significant.
There appears to be many 27,807 ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election.
Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server.
Ballot images 284,412 on the EMS were corrupt or missing.
Logs appeared to be intentionally rolled over, and all the data in the database related to the 2020 General Election had been fully cleared.
• On the ballot side, batches were not always clearly delineated, duplicated ballots were missing the required serial numbers, originals were duplicated more than once, and the Auditors were never provided Chain-of-Custody documentation for the ballots for the time-period prior to the ballot’s movement into the Auditors’ care. This all increased the complexity and difficulty in properly auditing the results; and added ambiguity into the final conclusions.
Maricopa County failed to follow basic cyber security best practices and guidelines from CISA
Software and patch protocols were not followed
• Credential management was flawed: unique usernames and passwords were not allocated
• Lack of baseline for host and network activity for approved programs, communications protocols and communications devices for voting systems

Had Maricopa County chosen to cooperate with the audit, the majority of these obstacles would have easily been overcome. This did not stop the primary goal of offering recommendations for legislative reform to the Arizona Senate, but it did leave several questions open.

Details on the findings discovered can be found in the document “Maricopa County Forensic Election Audit – Volume III – Results Details.” Emphasis our own. See original here: https://www.azsenaterepublicans.com/cyber-ninjas-report
https://www.azsenaterepublicans.com/audit

Reportedly Leaked DRAFT:
The preamble to our Constitution reminds us that our nation is always pursuing greater perfection, seeking to establish “… a more perfect Union” so that we can “…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”. Nothing is more essential in establishing liberty than free and fair elections.

To that end, Cyber Ninjas was engaged by the Arizona Senate to audit the 2020 General Election and determine the outcome of the election and in what areas legislative reform is required to ensure that our elections are indeed free and fair in the future.

This audit has been the most comprehensive and complex election audit ever conducted. It involved the hand counting of 2.1 million ballots, a forensic paper inspection of them, a forensic review of the voting machines, and most important, an in-depth analysis of the voter rolls and the 2020 General Election final files.

Many of the issues in the election can be traced back to two primary causative factors: mail-in voting and improper voter registration management. More than 80% of the ballots cast in Maricopa were via mail.

The guarantee of the secret ballot is not only a right that applies to the voter themself, but it is also a right guaranteed to the rest of those voting in the election that that person’s ballot is secret and therefore cannot have come under any undue influence.

Mail-in voting eliminates secrecy in voting as it is impossible to control or know who a voter shares their ballot with and what is done with it prior to it being mailed-in or dropped off.

57,734 ballots with serious issues were identified in the audit. These issues include improper voter registration, improper votes, and discrepancies in the registration. This is a conservative estimate, as there were other identified problems that were not quantified nor included in that total, likely resulting in a much larger number of flawed ballots.

Additional issues identified: backdated registrations, multiple voter registrations linked to the same voter affidavit, voters without records in a commercial database, and printing defects rendering thousands of ballots as suspicious.

In the 2020 presidential election, the margin of victory was only 10,457 votes, a small fraction of the 57,734 ballots with known issues. Again, this is almost 6 times the margin of victory in the Presidential race and is multiples of the margin of victory in other races. Based on these factual findings, the election should not be certified, and the reported results are not reliable.

Major issues identified:

• There were more than 10,000 double votes across county lines

• Tens of thousands of ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election and could not have physically received their ballots, legally.

• None of the systems related to elections integrity had numbers that would balance and agree with each other.

• The voter rolls and the registration management process itself have many data integrity issues. For instance, over 200 individuals were easily identifiable as likely being the same person but having two different Voter IDs and voting twice in the election.

o Without access to the County’s detailed records including personally identifiable information and registration systems it is more likely there were many tens of thousands of improper votes in the election from double voters, deceased voters, voters for which we can find no trace in the public records nor association to their voting address, moved voters, etc.

• Proper voter registration law and procedures were not followed.

o There were unexplained large purges of registered voters, right after the election, of people who had voted in the election.

o There was back dating of registrations, adjustments made to historical voting and voter records, unexplained linking of voter registration affidavits to multiple voters and more.

• Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server.

• Ballot images on the EMS were corrupt or missing.

• Logs appeared to be intentionally rolled over, and all the data in the database related to the 2020 General Election had been fully cleared.

• On the ballot side, batches were not always clearly delineated, duplicated ballots were missing the required serial numbers, originals were duplicated more than once, and the Auditors were never provided Chain-of-Custody documentation for the ballots for the time-period prior to the ballot’s movement into the Auditors’ care. This all increased the complexity and difficulty in properly auditing the results.

There were substantial statistically significant anomalies identified in the ratio of hand-folded ballots, on-demand printed ballots, as well as a statistically significant increase in provisional ballot rejections for a mail-in ballot already being cast, suggestive of mail-in ballots being cast for voters without their knowledge.

The 2005 Report on Federal Election Reform, which was an effort led by democrats, stated the following regarding mail-in voting:

“While vote by mail appears to increase turnout for local elections there is no evidence that it significantly expands participation in federal elections. Moreover it raises concerns about privacy as citizens voting at home may come under pressure to vote for certain candidates and it increases the risk of fraud.”

Managing an election conducted almost entirely by mail is a difficult endeavor and raises numerous issues which would be much less likely to occur if most voting was in-person.

Had Maricopa County chosen to cooperate with the audit, many of the obstacles faced in the audit could have been overcome. By the County withholding subpoena items, their unwillingness to answer questions as is normal between auditor and auditee, and in some cases actively interfering with audit research, the County prevented a complete audit.

This did not stop the primary goal of offering recommendations for legislative reform to the Arizona Senate, but it did leave many questions open as to the way and manner that the 2020 General Election was conducted.“ (Emphasis our own). Reported Leaked Draft found at the following link. There are additional summary pages, including the chart, following the Executive Summary, as can be seen here: https://religiopoliticaltalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/ARIZONA-AUDIT-Executive-Summary-Version-Final-092421-Draft.pdf The reportedly draft version was for the Arizona Senate, so they are presumably the ones who changed it or had it changed. Someone suggested that the Senate lawyer changed it.

HT: “Audit Report Watered Down: Reports from Cyber Ninjas Were Edited, Most Damning Statements Removed – What Else Was Removed?” By Joe Hoft, September 26, 2021, 1:51 pm https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/arizona-audit-final-report-watered-reports-cyber-ninjas-edited-damning-statements-removed-else-removed/ (leaked draft can also be seen at the Gateway pundit link within Scribd.)