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Posted on: January 5, 2022

Joint Statement from Chairman Bill Gates And Recorder Stephen Richer

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The Maricopa County Elections Department produced a comprehensive, point-by-point response to claims about the 2020 General Election made by Senate contractors Cyber Ninjas, CyFir, and EchoMail.  The findings of the report, entitled "Correcting the Record: An In-Depth Analysis of the Senate Inquiry," were presented to the Board of Supervisors and County Recorder at a hearing today.  Following the hearing, Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and Recorder Stephen Richer issued the following statement:

"Today we heard overwhelming proof, again, that the canvassed results of the November 2020 election were accurate, the winners won, and the will of Maricopa County voters was represented.  Senate contractors—unfamiliar with election laws and procedures but well-read in conspiracies—recklessly called into question the validity of thousands of legitimate votes cast by eligible voters.  They did so in an Arizona Senate hearing room absent most of the Senate, having spent an unfathomable $9 million to tell us that the winners of the election did, in fact, win but the real story was all the other stuff they found. The comprehensive report we released today definitively shows the other stuff was all smoke and mirrors, red meat for a rabid crowd of election deniers with no basis in fact because the Cyber Ninjas and their subcontractors had no business auditing elections.  

The stakes couldn't be higher.  The events of last January 6th were inspired and motivated by the persistent lie that a free and fair election had been rigged.  We will not allow those lies to go unchecked.  Maricopa County will continue to speak out forcefully with facts to defend democracy.  We hope others will do the same."

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