Pamela Karlan, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice̵
The first, according to Karlan, concerns reports suggesting that polls, electoral systems and election materials in the Maricopa County Audit Office “are no longer under the ultimate control of state and local election officials and are not adequately protected by contractors at an insecure facility and risk be lost, stolen, altered, compromised or destroyed. ”
Federal law requires state and local officials to maintain ballot papers and ballot papers for 22 months. After a legal battle, an Arizona judge stood next to the Senate as it issued a subpoena for voting and voting machines in Maricopa County. But Maricopa County refused to participate in the count. The letter also notes that the Arizona Senate could grant custody of the materials to others, but that it must retain ultimate control.
“We are concerned that Maricopa County Electoral Registers required by federal law to be maintained and maintained are no longer under the ultimate control of election officials, are not adequately protected by contractors and are at risk of injury or loss.” Karlan wrote.
CNN has reached out to Fann’s office for comment.
Karlan also noted that Cyber Ninjas’ statement of work includes coverage to “identify voter records that did not make sense, and then knock on doors to confirm whether valid voters actually lived at the address provided” raises concerns about potential chooses intimidation.
“The department enforces a number of federal statutes that prohibit intimidation of persons to vote or attempt to vote,” Karlan wrote, citing a section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits the election of intimidation. “Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they may be directed at minority voters, which could potentially imply the anti-displacement bans in the law on the right to vote.”
Another Cyber Ninjas document revealed security plans for the colosseum where the audit is being conducted. Called the “Arizona Audit Security Overview”, it contains potential security breaches, the number of private security guards and designates “Antifa” as a security threat.
The document shows that Arizona Government Doug Ducey rejected a request that members of the Department of Public Safety and National Guard members provide security. Instead, private security firms, including a voluntary organization known as the Arizona Rangers, are hired to protect the ballot papers and voting equipment.
CNN’s Kyung Lah and Leslie Perrot contributed to this report.