Assessing the Election ‘Audit’ in Arizona and Threats to American Democracy

Meeting Notes: 
This hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House.
Date: 
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“Assessing the Election ‘Audit’ in Arizona and Threats to American Democracy”

Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET, The Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing to assess the election “audit” in Maricopa County, Arizona, conducted by Cyber Ninjas, Inc., and how this and similar audits undermine public confidence in elections and threaten our democracy. 

 

In April 2021, the Arizona State Senate hired Cyber Ninjas to conduct an audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County, Arizona, even though the company had no prior federal election audit experience.  Since then, significant questions have been raised regarding the “dark money” organizations funding the audit, the impartiality of the company, and the mismanagement and insecure audit practices that have jeopardized the integrity of ballots and voting machines.

 

After six months and nearly seven million dollars spent, Cyber Ninjas’ final audit report failed to find any fraud, contrary to the conspiracy theories from the audit’s backers.

 

The hearing will examine how, despite failing to find any fraud, Cyber Ninjas’ audit has already inflicted grave damage to our democracy.  The audit has threatened the integrity of Arizona’s elections, inspired similar hyper-partisan audits in other states, and been used to justify dangerous state election subversion laws. 

 

At the hearing the Committee will hear from two elected Republican officials from Maricopa County, Arizona, who refused to accept the “Big Lie” and are speaking out about the dangers of this partisan audit.

 

The Committee also invited the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, Doug Logan, to testify.  Mr. Logan informed the Committee less than two days before the hearing that he was unwilling to testify, declining the opportunity to defend his company’s highly questionable, partisan audit under oath.

 

WITNESSES

Jack Sellers

Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County, Arizona

                       

Bill Gates

Vice Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County, Arizona

 

David Becker

Executive Director and Founder, The Center for Election Innovation and Research

 

Gowri Ramachandran

Senior Counsel, The Brennan Center

 

Doug Logan (Invited)

Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant, Cyber Ninjas, Inc.

 

Ken Bennett (Minority Witness)

Former Secretary of State for the State of Arizona 

Arizona State Senate Liaison to Cyber Ninjas Audit

DOCUMENTS

Issues: 
117th Congress