County election machines weren’t connected to internet

Auditors from a private auditing company, SLI Compliance, do an audit of the tabulation machines and the voting system at the Maricopa County Elections Headquarters in Phoenix on Feb. 9, 2021. The five-member team was spending five days at the Maricopa County Elections Headquarters on the audit.

Maricopa County’s vote-counting machines were not connected to the internet during the 2020 election, an independent review has found, further undercutting claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies that the results were “rigged.”

A trio of technology experts overseen by an impartial special master found no evidence of an internet connection, according to results of the review released Wednesday.

That echoes the county’s long-standing position as well as the findings of independent audits the county conducted a year ago. It also dispels unproven theories from election deniers that the tabulation machines were hooked up to the internet and therefore susceptible to hacking to throw the election to Joe Biden.

Biden won Maricopa County by 45,109 votes, according to the official results.

In a statement, Bill Gates, a Republican who chairs the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said “the unanimous conclusions of this expert panel should be a final stake in the heart of the Senate’s so-called ‘audit.’

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