Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on Partisan Arizona Election “Audit” and Threats to Democracy

Oct 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. (October 5, 2021)— 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. 

 

WHAT:  

 

Full Committee hearing entitled, “Assessing the Election ‘Audit’ in Arizona and Threats to American Democracy”

 

WHEN:

Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET

 

WHO:    

 

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.

 

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.  

 

MEDIA

 

Per the Office of the Attending Physician’s guidelines, and in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Committee on House Administration, the hearing room has been reconfigured to provide for social distancing.  In light of current guidance from CDC and OAP, media must comply with the Committee’s COVID guidelines, including by continuing to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

 

Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5 p.m. ET October 6, 2021.

 

For more information, please contact the Gallery: 

 

House Radio/TV Gallery:     Ryan.Dahl@mail.house.gov             202-225-5214
House Periodical Gallery:     periodical.press@mail.house.gov     202-225-2941
House Daily Press Gallery:   dailypressgallery@mail.house.gov   202-225-3945
Photographer Gallery:           Press_Photo@saa.senate.gov            202-224-6548  

 

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117th Congress