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Default Re: Maricopa County Admits They *Deleted* Election Data Before the Arizona Audit

For those of you too lazy to click on the link I posted demonstrating that this claim is false, here's what it says:

Among the misleading claims was the accusation that Maricopa County election officials had deleted election data in February from the election management system database, known as EMS, right before a county commissioned audit was set to begin.

The claim from the hearing echoed online, where it slightly morphed. “Maricopa County purged the machine records the day before the audit started,” reads one popular tweet.

Some social media users appear to have understood the claim’s mention of an “audit” to refer to the partisan review conducted by private firms hired by the Republican-led Arizona Senate -- when in fact the original allegation made in the hearing was that data had been deleted ahead of a different, official audit the county had commissioned in February.

But regardless of the timeline of the allegation, in fact, no data is missing.

“Everything that happened in the November election is backed up and archived,” Maricopa County Elections Department spokesperson Megan Gilbertson told The Associated Press.
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