Pondering Arizona election law and outsourcing.

Reports strongly indicate that Maricopa County basically outsourced their election to Dominion. I’m curious about the legality of that, but not quite enough to go scouring another state’s election law. I’m busy enough do that in my own state.

But here, the laws are pretty specific about who does what in preparing for and running an election: “The registrars shall” do this, “the superintendent shall” do that, “the chief manager and two assistant managers shall” do this. It’s all they shall do it; not they shall ensure someone does it.

There’s various good reasons for that. You know who was supposed to do something, and who to hold accountable if it isn’t done, or done badly. It ensures that folks getting their hands on voters’ info — not to mention the ballots — are at least theoretically properly vetted.

But Maricopa neither owns “their” election machines, nor administers them. A witness testified that Dominion ran the November 2020 election, that not even county IT personnel had access to the systems.

“So I’m, I was in the tabulation center six different days. Day and night shifts. And no county employees, no IT people, no one else was touching any of the software. They (Dominion) did all the training for the adjudicators, they ran all the reports. And so I brought this up on my very first day in the room. I said this doesn’t seem right, as a person with my background. Never in a million years would I turn my company’s most important things over to someone else. And there’s only two guys (Dominion’s Bruce & John) and they had whole control of everything,” she continued.

Not that it matters, what with our distinct lack of a functioning justice system, but do any Arizona residents know if that was legal there? It wouldn’t be in my state.

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