Maricopa County Forensic Auditor Notes Media and County Officials Intentionally Misleading Public About Deleted Vote Result Databases

Comment by Jim Campbell

May 24, 2021

Arizona will be the first state to be reversed for former president Donald J. Trump.

The media and Maricopa County officials have been claiming that voter result databases were not deleted; and they reference the ability of the auditors to recover the deleted information as proof the voter data was never deleted. 

Appearing on One America News, news network whose anchors helped raise money to pay for the audit, Kelli Ward suggested the arrest if officials don’t comply. 

Ward’s comments came after the Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors for Maricopa County refused to attend a meeting Tuesday with GOP senators who had demanded the audit.

The board called the audit was a ‘sham’ run by ‘grifters’ that cast doubts upon the democratic process

And it wasn’t the first time an arrest has been suggested.

In February, when the county was arguing against the audit in court, most Arizona Republican senators supported a resolution to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt and arrest supervisors for failing to turn over access to voting records.

The resolution failed to pass but showed the mindset of those elected officials who demanded the audit.+

Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, suggested officials who don’t comply with the GOP-ordered audit of presidential ballots should be arrested

At Tuesday’s meeting, one of the firms hired to run the audit changed his tune and said no data or ballots were destroyed after originally claiming local officials eliminated evidence.

The contractor admitted they had been looking in the wrong place for the voter data, a reversal that could prove an embarrassment to the Republican state senators who ordered the audit. 

Donald Trump had picked up the false claim and amplified it, leading Maricopa County officials to write, in a scathing letter to state Senate president Karen Fann, that the auditors couldn’t find the data because they didn’t know where to look.

The GOP senators met with auditors Tuesday night to get an update on their work, particularly the allegation of destroyed data.

But Ben Cotton, founder of a computer forensics firm CyFIR LLC and one of the contractors working on the audit, told them he now has all the voter information regarding the 2.1 million votes cast in 2020 presidential race.

‘All of this may be a moot point because subsequently, I have been able to recover all of those deleted files and I have access to that data,’ he said.  ‘I have the information I need from the county.’

The data had been found on a set of four computer drives. 

‘Well that’s good news,’ said State Senator Warren Petersen, the Republican chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, one of the two GOP lawmakers doing the questioning during the hour-long meeting.

Ben Cotton, founder of a computer forensics firm CyFIR LLC and one of the contractors working on the audit, admitted Tuesday he had all the voter data from Maricopa county after originally claiming databases were destroyed+8

Arizona Republican Party chair is threatening to have election officials ARRESTED if they refuse to comply with the audit they have called a ‘sham’ run by ‘grifters’

  • Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, suggested officials who don’t comply with the audit of presidential ballots should be arrested 
  • It’s the latest drama to encompass the GOP-led audit of the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County, the largest in Arizona 
  • Additionally, one of the firms hired to run the GOP-led audit of Maricopa County’s presidential vote now says no data or ballots were destroyed
  • Original claim when viral when it was tweeted and Trump blasted it 
  • Contractor admitted they had been looking in the wrong place for the voter data
  • ‘All of this may be a moot point because subsequently, I have been able to recover all of those deleted files and I have access to that data,’ contractor said 
  • Arizona’s GOP-controlled state Senate ordered the audit and held a meeting on it Tuesday to get an update on how it’s going 
  • Democrats and media were not allowed in hearing, which was broadcast online 

The head of the Arizona Republican Party said state officials who don’t comply with the GOP-mandated audit of election results in Maricopa County should be arrested.

Ben Cotton, founder of a computer forensics firm CyFIR LLC and one of the contractors working on the audit, admitted Tuesday he had all the voter data from Maricopa county after originally claiming databases were destroyed

However, according to technical forensic expert Ben Cotton, the ‘D’ drive of the EMS Primary Server was in fact deleted. 

It was only because of his extensive experience in the data forensics field that he was able to recover the deleted files; which is exactly what he said at the Arizona State Senate hearing on May 19th.

QUESTION““Did you determine that the D drive was deleted?”

BEN COTTON – I did. We follow a very strict forensics acquisition process in which we don’t turn on a system if its delivered powered off.

We remove the hard drives and perform forensics imaging with write locks on to prevent any changes to those hard drives. We produce a bit for bit forensics copy of that drive.

In the case of the EMS servers, there were 6 drives. 2 drives were for the operating system and they were (unintelligible) configuration. So if something was changed on the operating system drive that would automatically be reflected on both drives.”

The other four drives were data drives and they were in a ray configuration known as 1 plus zero. So you have a volume that is mirrored but also data redundancy and striped across both drives.

If I don’t turn on a system I don’t have access to the ray parameters and the county did not provide those to us. so I had to do a discovery process to determine what that ray configuration was.

Part of that process is a scan across those drives to detect partitions of data and to also detect a master file table which is a record of all of the directories of the files that are contained in that partition, and a pointer to where that data resides on the hard drive.

In the course of performing that discovery I found that an MFT that clearly indicated that the data base directory was deleted from that server.

All of this may be moot because subsequently I have been able to recover all the deleted files and I have access to that data.”

Sundance

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