Maricopa County AZ spending $2.8 million on new voting machines following 2020 election audit

County officials voted 5-0 in Maricopa County to spend almost $3 million to replace election equipment following the GOP-led audit of the 2020 election, according to The Washington Examiner

The county board of supervisors voted on Wednesday to replace the equipment after it was disqualified for use following the audit on machines used in the last election.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs warned officials that the machines would be decertified after access was given to the Florida-based auditing firm Cyber Ninjas, who have been criticized for their lack of experience in similar audits.

“Under the amended contract with Dominion Voting Systems, the County will acquire 385 new precinct tabulators and 9 new central counters as well as the election management hardware required to run them,” read a statement from Maricopa County.

The additional $2.8 million being allocated for the machines takes the voting machine equipment cost from $6.1 million to $9 million according to the county’s update.

“The frustrating thing is, those were perfectly good machines which passed all of our accuracy tests from the time we first got them in 2019,” said Jack Sellers, the Board of Supervisors chairman.

“When Senate leadership chose novices to conduct their audit rather than reputable, certified companies, they wasted an expensive investment that had served Maricopa County voters well in 2019 and 2020.”

Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, Steve Gallardo seemed to be holding a grudge about the Republican-led effort, telling the Washington Examiner in a statement he believes the Senate should foot the bill, considering their push for the audit:

“The Senate should be financially liable for replacing these voting machines because they and they alone are at fault for insisting on an unnecessary audit and then hiring an illegitimate company to conduct it.”