Arizona election chief: GOP-audited machines must be dropped

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FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs removes her face mask as she addresses the members of Arizona’s Electoral College prior to them casting their votes, in Phoenix. Hobbs says voting machines from the state’s most populous county should not be used after they were handed over to state Senate Republicans for an audit of the 2020 election results. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s top elections official says voting machines from the state’s most populous county should not be used after they were handed over to state Senate Republicans for an audit of the 2020 election results.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a letter that Maricopa County lost control of the machines after they were handed over and doesn’t know what was done to them.

She urged the county not to use the machines any longer and threatened to initiate a process that could lead to their decertification.

County officials say they’re evaluating their next steps but will not use any machines that could pose a risk to free and fair elections.

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