According to the Maricopa county forensic audit team, the previous audits conducted on behalf of the County Supervisors did not validate that the results of the election were accurate.
Doug Logan said that the previous audits primarily focused on making sure the version of software that was expected to run on the machines was in fact the version that was in use.
He also said that they ran ‘off the shelf’ software to see if there was any malware on the machines and ran logic and accuracy testing, which – he said – involved taking about 100 sample ballots, out of the 2.1 million ballots in the county, running them through the system and making sure that for those sample ballots they’re counting.
“Other audits primarily focused made sure that the version of the software that was expected to run on the machines. was in fact the version that was in use. They also ran off-the-shelf software to detect any malware and then ran logic and accuracy testing which involves taking about 100 sample ballots and ran them through the system and making sure that for those sample ballots they were counted. At no point did they take a look at actual ballots and run them through the system or do actual counting to validate the results their focus was on the right version of the software. Our focus is on results. Are the results exactly as they came through are they the way they were cast and does it go all the way through the system that way. “
In addition, audit director Ken Bennett detailed the trouble they’ve had with the board of supervisors when it’s comes to getting them to comply with subpoenas