Friday, May 7, 2021

BREAKING: IT'S BACK ON! Election Subpoena Battle Between State Senate, Maricopa County Resumes

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is again responding to threats of subpoenas for election-related materials this afternoon. After yet another emergency executive session was called to respond to a threatening letter from State Senate President Karen Fann's attorney, Board Chairman Jack Sellers issued a statement saying that the County is only looking at ways of providing virtual images of the County's routers.

"Today the attorney for the Arizona Senate President once again threatened the Board of Supervisors with subpoenas to compel us to come to the Senate and explain what we have already made clear.  The physical routers commanded in the January subpoenas route network traffic across 50 different County departments, not just the Elections Department.  Those routers contain some information that is confidential; some is related to classified law enforcement activities; and access to this map of the County network could potentially allow someone to intercept sensitive data entrusted to us.

In addition to these concerns, we have learned providing the physical routers will cripple County operations and cost as much as $6 million if we must replace the routers while the Cyber Ninjas have them.  We explored providing virtual images of the routers, but the security issues mentioned above remain the same."

Here's the letter sent by Deputy County Attorney Joe La Rue to Fann's counsel (Kory Langhofer).

(This is a developing story. Please check back frequently for updates.)

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