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A county in Arizona named after the Maricopa, Indians who Inhabited the Gila River valley of Arizona.
(LST-938: dp. 1,625; 1. 328'; b. 50'1"; dr. 11'2"; S. 11.6 k. ; cpl. 119; a. 8 40mm., 12 20 mm. , cl. LST-511)
LST-938 was laid down 14 July 1944 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Hingham, Mass.; launched 15 August 1944; and commissioned 9 September 1944, Ens. H. W. Limes in command.
Completion of shakedown In Chesapeake Bay brought assignment to the 7th Fleet. With LOP-1210 aboard, she departed New York 18 October 1944 and rendezvoused with a convoy near Guantanamo en route the South Pacific. Pausing briefly in the New Hebrides, LST-988 sailed on to Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands, and commenced unloading 16 December.
Having taken on supplies for a PT base, 7 January 1945, she joined a convoy for the partially liberated Philippines, where she operated for next 4 months. On 10 March elements of the 41st Army Division were put ashore at Zamboanga on the southwest tip of Mindanao. Further south an invasion was pending and 28 April LST-938 departed Leyte and steamed to Cairns, Australia. Illustrating the cooperative nature of the war effort, LST-938 transported elements of the 7th Australian Infantry Division to the assault beaches at Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. Unscathed after the landing operations of I July and the followup resupply missions, she returned to the Philippines 27 July.
As World War 11 ended, the ship embarked occupation troops and discharged them at Tokyo 15 September. LST988 continued to serve in the Japanese occupation until 30 November. Her next assignment placed her on duty along the China coast until 13 May 1946. The ship then departed Tsingtao and returned to the United States.
From her arrival on the east coast 12 July 1946 until December 1949, LST-938 served as Naval Reserve training ship first at Bayonne, N.J., and later at Gulfport, Miss. Deactivation followed at Green Cove Springs, Fla., where she decommissioned and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Police action in Korea brought reactivation and she recommissioned 14 December 1951, Lt. Childress in command. Truce negotiations were already underway as LST-938 based at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va., and began her duties as a Marine Corps training ship. During the next 41A years she carried out operations from Greenland to the Caribbean area. On 1 July 1955 she was named Maricopa County (LST-938). Following an inactivation overhaul at New York she reached Green Cove Springs 2 December 1955 and decommissioned 29 February 1956. Late in October 1961 Maricopa County was towed to Philadelphia Navy Yard and prepared for a new career. Stricken from the Navy list I June 1962 she transferred to Vietnam and commissioned as Da Nang (HQ-501) 12 July 1962. She has thus returned to the Par East to continue the struggle for freedom and serves the Vietnamese Navy into 1969.
Maricopa County received five battle stars for World War 11 service.
⟊nceling all liberty': Michigan LST Association says farewell aboard LST 393 in Muskegon
Kendra Stanley-Mills | Muskegon Chronicle Douglas Spencer, 85, of Rodney, is reflected is the engine room telegraph in the main engine room of the USS LST 393 in downtown Muskegon prior to the last annual reunion of the Michigan LST Association. Spencer served six years working in the engine room of an LST.
It was supposed to be a reunion, a time of reminiscence, two full days of storytelling.
But for the 25 members or so of the Michigan LST Association, meeting this week in Muskegon for their annual fall get-together, it was also a time of farewell.
The organization - which once boasted 300 members, all of whom served aboard LSTs like the old warship, USS LST 393, docked in Muskegon - is preparing to disband.
"It's time to cancel all liberty," said Douglas Spencer, 85, of Rodney, one of the group's charter members. "Time to let ɾr go."
In the spring, the 130 remaining association members will vote formally to break up, said Billy Graham, 85, of Lansing, who serves as the group's captain - or president, if you prefer civilian terms. The association was founded in 1994.
"It's sad to see it go," said Graham, another charter member of the group. "It means a lot to me, getting together with these guys, but time's taken its toll. We're getting older. It's not as easy to travel anymore . and get together."
But for a couple glorious days in September, Graham, Spencer and the others went back in time aboard the LST 393, back to the days when they could take the ship's ladders three and four rungs at a time.
Back to the days when they didn't rely on canes to steady their course, didn't need hearing aids or to stop every so often to catch their breath.
Back to their youth, when they served their country in time of war.
Gallery: Michigan LST Association
"We were kids. We were a whole ship of kids," said A.J. Evans, 84, of Troy, who was Graham's shipmate aboard the LST 1076 in the Pacific during World War II. "We had a few 30-year-olds on board, but everybody else was 17, 18, 19 years old. Kids. Now we're old men. Look at us."
But the years magically slipped away while they were in reunion this week with each other - and with one of only two LSTs remaining of the 1,051 built during World War II.
Even before he sought out his buddies in the association, Spencer - who spent six years as the Chief Engineman aboard four LSTs during a 24-year Naval career - went deep into the belly of the ship.
"Boy, that smells good," Spencer said, taking in the aroma, and reveling in it. "It makes you homesick."
Even though he's a bit stooped and bent these day, Spencer still poses a formidable figure with his booming voice, arms full of a sailor's tattoos - and personal history. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as the Bay of Pigs crisis and conflicts in the Panama and Santa Domingo.
"I come from a Navy family," Spencer said, as way of explaining his service, saying little more.
He was much more at ease talking about the LST - short for Landing Ship Tank - which delivered tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, supplies and troops. Spencer served aboard four different LSTs, all of them rough-riding, flat-bottomed ships often described as the "work horse" of World War II, essential to the war effort.
"She's one of a kind," Spencer said.
John Stephenson, who is vice president of the LST 393 museum board, watched as the veterans made their way slowly up the ladders and around the ship. To see the men who actually sailed these ships across the English Channel to Normandy's beaches and across the Pacific to deliver tanks and guns to Marines in Okinawa, reinforced his resolve as a volunteer.
"This is history you can touch and see and bump your head on," Stephenson said. "This is a priceless World War II vessel."
Roy Provencal, 85, of Hillsdale couldn't have put it better himself. A retired City of Detroit police officer, Provencal was 17 when he was drafted into the Navy in 1944. He served aboard the LST 1079 and was in Pearl Harbor, preparing to invade Japan when the war ended.
"This brings back memories I wouldn't trade for anything," he said.
Provencal took a minute to collect his thoughts, to figure out a way to put his time at war into perspective.
Greg Lindstrom | Muskegon Chronicle Michigan Rep. Holly Hughes, R-White River Township, bottom center, speaks with Richard Hansen, right, a World War II veteran who served aboard USS LST 1046, during the Michigan LST Association reunion on the USS LST-393.
"I grew up," he finally said, his voice very, very quiet.
There are some things, some 66 years later, too difficult to express. Ask Spencer what the worst and best memories are of his years at war, and his usually booming voice quieted to a whisper.
"My best memory (was) the great guys I served with, I guess," he said, "and the worst one, Iɽ really rather not answer that."
They were so young, and it was so many years ago.
Evans also was 17 when he went into the Navy, a kid from Mobile, Ala., who met Graham, who just a little bit older, from Michigan. For years after the war, they had no idea where the other one was. Evans found his way to the Detroit area where he worked for the Borden Chemical Co. Graham went home to Lansing and found a job in the state legislature's print shop.
Two years ago, they reconnected, thanks to the LST 1076 website. After their first conversation, they sent pictures to each other - the same ones of the time they were on leave.
"One story leads to another," Graham said.
Kendra Stanley-Mills | Muskegon Chronicle Members of the Michigan LST Association and their families gather on the deck of the USS LST 393 Wednesday before a flyby of World World II-era planes to honor the veterans before their last annual reunion of the association.
They were never in combat, but there were tough times, like the time their ship collided with another when they went through the Panama Canal. The worst was when they were sent out to sea when a typhoon hit Okinawa. The storm was so fierce, the bow doors blew off.
"We was lucky we weren't all blowed out," Evans said.
He worked in the engine room. Graham was the quartermaster in the wheel house. They ran out of supplies and had to eat "a lot of crackers," Evans said.
"Being here brings back a lot of memories," he said.
Not everyone at the reunion was a World War II veteran. Larry Schweitzer, 75, of Capak served on two LSTs during the Korean and Vietnam era. The "kid" of the group, Schweitzer was at the association's last conference, in appreciation for both the ship and the men.
"It doesn't matter when you served," Schweitzer said. "If you were on one of these (LSTs), you have a camaraderie with all these guys."
• The Landing Ship Tank was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious operations. LSTs were designed with a ballast system that allowed the flat-bottomed ships to sit lower in the water during ocean transit for seaworthiness. Pumping the ballast tanks dry raised the ships up in the water, facilitating shallow-draft landing operations. The ballast system was adapted from the systems used by fleet submarines.
• After a few alterations the final length was 328 feet, with a 50-foot beam, and a draft of 3 feet, 9 inches.
• In total, eighteen shipyards produced more than a thousand LSTs in three years.
• From June 1943 in the Solomons to August 1945, the LST was a key element in WWII. They participated in Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Southern France, the liberation of the Philippines, and the capture of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
• The USS LST 393 was launched in Newport News, Va., Nov. 11, 1942. The LST 393 made 75 voyages to foreign shores on three continents, including 30 round trips to the beaches of Normandy. She won battle stars for her service in the occupation of Sicily, the invasion of Salerno, and the D-day invasion at Normandy and was decommissioned in 1946.
• More than 9,000 soldiers were carried by the LST 393, as well as 3, 248 vehicles. She also carried more than five thousand prisoners and, during her service, logged 51, 817 nautical miles.
• In the ensuing years, LST 393 became a merchant ship, carrying automobiles from Muskegon to Milwaukee. She was renamed the M/V Highway 16 in lieu of the now-defunct U.S. Route 16, which ran from Detroit to Muskegon, spanning Lake Michigan to Milwaukee where U.S. 16 began again. The continues now is a museum and memorial.
— Sources: www.lst393.org and www.wikiepedia.org
• USS LST-393, which participated in the landings on Sicily at Salerno, and the invasion of Normandy now is located in Muskegon as a museum.
• USS LST-325, previously LST-120 and Hellenic Navy RHS Syros (L-144) is one of the last operating survivors of World War II. It is currently home ported at Evansville, Ind., at the USS LST Memorial museum. The ship is kept in navigable shape and participated in a cruise from Evansville, Ind., to Pittsburgh, Penn., for the Amphibious Reunion in Pittsburgh in September 2010. Upon completion of the reunion, the ship sailed from Pittsburgh to Marietta, Ohio, to take part in the Sternwheel Festival.
• HMS Stalker, previously LST-3515, survived until 2010 at what was formerly Pounds scrapyard at the northern end of Portsea Island.
• USS LST-510 participated in the invasion of Normandy and has operated as a ferry in New England for almost 30 years. She currently operates between New London, Conn., and Long Island, NY.
• USS Maricopa County, previously USS LST-938, had been transferred to the Republic of Vietnam Navy, and after the fall of Saigon was captured by North Vietnamese forces. As of 2003, she is active and in commission with the Vietnamese People's Navy as the Tran Khanh Du.
• The Philippine Navy still has seven units on its active list as of 2010: BRP Laguna (LT-501), (ex-USS LST-230), BRP Zamboanga del Sur (LT-86) (ex-USS Marion County (LST-975) BRP Kalinga Apayao (LT-516) (ex-USS Garrett County (LST-786) and BRP Benguet (LT-507) (ex-USS Daviess County (LST-692).
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Column: The crazy history behind Arizona’s wacky presidential recount
Back in 1910, when Arizona was still a territory, delegates drafted a proposed constitution and sent it to Washington for approval. Congress assented, but the draft was rejected by President Taft.
He was concerned about a provision allowing for the recall of judges. The document was amended to remove the offending language, and Taft approved statehood for Arizona in February 1912. Months later, citizens of the new state voted to put the recall provision back in the constitution.
So it’s fair to say that politics in Arizona have always had an ornery streak.
It was reflected in the irascibility of Barry Goldwater, who wrestled the Republican Party from its liberal Eastern wing and planted the future of the GOP firmly in the Sunbelt and conservative philosophy.
It was evident in the irrepressibility of John McCain, who bucked Republican Party leaders to make common cause with Democrats on campaign finance reform and other issues.
Over the last several decades there has been a good dash of peculiarity to Arizona’s politics as well.
A grifting governor impeached. A state Senate president recalled. Members of the GOP loudly pillorying Sens. Goldwater and McCain at home, even as the two became icons throughout the rest of the country.
The family of Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar is torn apart by his extremist views
The latest excursion into oddity and iconoclasm is the recount and audit of presidential ballots in Maricopa County, the state’s largest, in a vain search for proof that Joe Biden’s close but clear-cut Arizona victory over President Trump was a result of fraud.
- Several previous audits upheld the accuracy of the vote count.
- Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, certified the state election results along with Arizona’s Republican attorney general and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, a Republican appointee.
- State and federal judges examined the allegations of fraud and found no supporting evidence.
- Biden would have won the presidency even without the state’s 11 electoral votes.
- The exercise will change nothing, whatever its alleged findings.
Duty must be served, and for many in today’s GOP that means soothing Trump’s wounded pride and indulging his baseless claims of electoral larceny.
Throwing fiscal caution to the wind, Republicans who control the state Senate approved $150,000 for the recount, which is being conducted by a company whose chief executive promoted the lie that the election was stolen. More money is being raised by an anchor for the pro-Trump One America News Network, which has carried the proceedings live. (One avid viewer resides at Mar-a-Lago.)
The Justice Department and nonpartisan election experts say the proceedings fail to adhere to even the most basic security guidelines.
The auditors, who have no special training or credentials but a strong appetite for conspiracy, have searched for secret watermarks and traces of bamboo — the latter as presumed evidence that illegal presidential ballots were flown in from Asia.
The five-member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has urged an end to the fiasco, calling it a “spectacle that is harming all of us.” Four of the board’s five members are Republican.
“It is time to make a choice to defend the Constitution and the Republic,” they wrote in a letter to state Senate President Karen Fann, the audit’s ringmaster.
“We stand united together to defend the Constitution and the Republic in our opposition to the Big Lie” that the election was stolen, they continued, asking “everyone to join us in standing for the truth.”
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Maricopa County, Arizona
Maricopa County is a county located in the south-central part of the state of Arizona. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 3,817,117, making it the most populous county in the state, and the fourth-most populous in the United States. Maricopa County was created on February 14, 1871 from parts of Pima County and Yavapai County The county seat is Phoenix, the state capital and sixth-most populous city in the country. The county was named after the Maricopa Native American people.
Maricopa County is included in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 2010, the county's center of population was the city of Mesa
Etymology - Origin of Maricopa County Name
Maricopa is named after the Maricopa Native American people. There are five Indian reservations located in the county. The largest of these are the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (east of Scottsdale) and the Gila River Indian Community (south of Phoenix).
Maricopa County History
Maricopa County, Arizona
This county is surrounded on the north by Yavapai County on the east by New Mexico on the south by the Gila River, or Pima County, and on the west by Yuma County. The people are nearly all engaged in farming, the most of who are located in Salt River Valley. This valley is one of the largest and most productive in the Territory has been settled less than four years, and now contains sufficient population to sustain a county government. The lands are cultivated by irrigation, and there is an abundance of water in Salt River for the use of a vast extent of country. The people who settled here commenced with little or no means and by industry and economy have constructed irrigating canals and made improved farms, and are now in a prosperous and comparatively independent position. The products raised for sale have been barley, corn and wheat. Wheat and barley are usually sown from November to February, and harvested in May. The average yield of wheat is from 20 to 40 bushels per acre, and of barley from 30 to 60, and sells at from three to four cents per pound. There has been a demand for all the grain that has been raised. After the wheat and barley are harvested, corn can be planted on the same soil, with ample time for it to mature. Much of the land of Arizona is cultivated in this way, and produces two crops each year. The average yield of corn is from 30 to 60 bushels per acre. Vegetables, with the exception of Irish potatoes, do remarkably well. Sweet potatoes in particular grow to a large size and are very prolific. Fruit trees grow rapidly, and it is thought that oranges and lemons maybe rose in abundance. Experiments in planting grapes have proved very successful. Vines in two years after planting, produce abundantly of an excellent quality.
There are thousands of acres of excellent land in this valley yet unoccupied, that can be pre-empted and purchased by actual settlers at $1.25 per acre. It was once the abode of an immense population who has passed away, and no one knows who they were. Their irrigating canals, constructed with considerable engineering skill, can now be traced for many miles over these plains and ruins of houses, that were once the abode of a large population, are visible on every band. There is some farming carried on in this county on the north side of the Gila River as far up the river as Florence. Above this point, owing to the hostility of the Apache Indians, the county is entirely vacant, though the Gila Valley, for two hundred miles, presents most inviting fields for settlements. Large tracts of excellent agricultural lands are found at almost any point along it and its tributaries, and the table lands and mountains adjacent are covered the year round with excellent grass. A colony one hundred strong, that would co-operate together, could take possession of, and hold, any of these lands against the savages. The county north of the Gila Valley and east of the settlements, is generally broken and mountainous. There are a number of fine streams of water flowing through it, and each of these contains many rich valleys. Wood and grass are found in abundance, also many large forests of heavy timber.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,224 square miles (23,890 km 2 ), of which 9,200 square miles (24,000 km 2 ) is land and 24 square miles (62 km 2 ) (0.3%) is water. Maricopa County is also one of the largest counties in the United States by area having a land area greater than that of seven states. It is by far Arizona's most populous county, encompassing well over half of the state's residents. It is also the largest county in the United States to contain a capital city.
Bordering counties are as follows:
- North: Yavapai County
- Northeast: Gila County
- Southeast: Pinal County Pima County
- Southwest: Yuma County
- Northwest: La Paz County
Maricopa County Library District operates the county libraries in Maricopa County.
Phoenix is located in Salt River Valley, about 25 miles above the confluence of the Gila and Salt rivers. By an act of the Legislature Phoenix has been selected as the site for the Territorial Penitentiary, though no building has yet been erected. It is the county seat of the county, and has a flour mill and several stores there are also a store and flourmill at Mill City, three miles distant. There are many families located in this valley. The people feel a deep interest in education, and a free school will undoubtedly soon be established.
CLIMATE AND HEALTH
The climate and health in the valleys of Salt river and the Gila, as far up as is settled, are similar to those conditions on the Colorado river. East of the settlements and north of the Gila, the climate is about the same as Yavapai county. It is safe to say that no more healthy county can be found anywhere.
Source: Resources Of Arizona Territory. Francis & Valentine, Steam Printers And Engravers. 1871.
Valgsvindel i Maricopa County,AZ : hele databasen fra “voting machines” SLETTET !
Hvem mon har slettet den database ? Og hvorfor mon ? Hvad måtte revisorerne ikke se ?
Det her er DIREKTE kriminelt og vil blive forfulgt i domstolene !
Og – sikke dog en “overraskelse” … – Dominion vil IKKE udlevere det administrative password trods en stævning
De valgforordnede har skriftligt sagt at de IKKE har det andet administative password til de dominion valgmaskiner, hvor man nu har konstateret slettede filer i massevis !
Hvis det er rigtigt, så har de valgforordnede IKKE haft kontrol over valgmaskinerne og kan derfor heller ikke bekræfte valgresultatet, selv om de allerede HAR gjort det.
Og hvis det er rigtigt, må nogen fra Dominion have brugt det administrative password til at slette filer, som åbenbart viste VALGSVINDEL ! Hvorfor ellers slette dem, når det er ulovligt og strafbart ?
Arizona Senate raises the stakes in a stinging rebuke to Maricopa County officials on handling of 2020 election with allegations of serious errors that further question the 2020 election results. AZGOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz gives us BREAKING NEWS #AmericasAudit #FinishTheAudit pic.twitter.com/x7sIXkvryj&mdash Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) May 13, 2021
Og det er bare det vigtigste fund !
Her er brevet med de detaljerede oplysninger, som revisionen mangler !
Here is the letter to Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Jack Sellers from Arizona Senate President Karen Fann:
I am writing to seek your assistance and cooperation in the resolution of three (3) serious issues that have arisen in the course of the Senate’s ongoing audit of the returns of the November 3, 2020, general election in Maricopa County.
I. Ongoing Non-Compliance with the Legislative Subpoenas
The first issue concerns Maricopa County’s apparent intent to renege on its previous commitment to comply fully with the legislative subpoenas issued on January 13, 2021, which, as you know, Judge Thomason found were valid and enforceable.
To date, attorneys for Maricopa County have refused to produce virtual images of routers used in connection with the general election, relying on a conclusory and unsupported assertion that providing the routers would somehow “endanger the lives of law enforcement officers, their operations, or the protected health information and personal data of Maricopa County’s citizens.”If true, the fact that Maricopa County stores on its routers substantial quantities of citizens’ and employees’ highly sensitive personal information is an alarming indictment of the County’s lax data security practices, rather than of the legislative subpoenas.
Similarly, the County’s assertion that producing the internet routers for inspection would cost up to $6,000,000 seems at odds with Deputy County Attorney Joseph La Rue’s prior representation to Audit Liaison Ken Bennett that the routers already had been disconnected from the County’s network and were prepared for imminent delivery to the Senate.
Nevertheless, in an effort to resolve the dispute regarding production of the routers, we propose that agents of CyFIR, an experienced digital forensics firm and subcontractor of Cyber Ninjas, review virtual images of the relevant routers in Maricopa County facilities and in the presence of representatives of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Such an arrangement would permit Maricopa County to retain custody and monitor the review of router data while ensuring that the Senate may access the information it requires—and to which it is constitutionally entitled—to successfully complete its audit. The Senate has no interest in viewing or taking possession of any information that is unrelated to the administration of the 2020 general election.
Separately, Maricopa County has refused to provide the passwords necessary to access vote tabulation devices. Its attorneys’ insistence that the County does not have custody or control of this information is belied by the County’s conduct of its own audits, which, if they were as comprehensive as they purported to be, almost certainly would have entailed use of the passwords to examine the tabulation devices, and it strains credulity to posit that the County has no contractual right to obtain (i.e., control of) password information from Dominion.
II. Chain of Custody and Ballot Organization Anomalies
As the audit has progressed, the Senate’s contractors have become aware of apparent omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies relating to Maricopa County’s handling, organization, and storage of ballots.We hope you can assist us in understanding these issues, including specifically the following:
- The County has not provided any chain-of-custody documentation for the ballots.Does such documentation exist, and if so, will it be produced?
- The bags in which the ballots were stored are not sealed, although the audit team has found at the bottom of many boxes cut seals of the type that would have sealed a ballot bag. Why were these seals placed at the bottom of the boxes?
- Batches within a box are frequently separated by only a divider without any indication of the corresponding batch numbers.In some cases, the batch dividers are missing altogether.This lack of organization has significantly complicated and delayed the audit team’s ballot processing efforts.What are the County’s procedures for sorting, organizing, and packaging ballot batches?
- Most of the ballot boxes were sealed merely with regular tape and not secured by any kind of tamper-evident seal.Is that the County’s customary practice for storing ballots?
- The audit team has encountered a significant number of instances in which there is a disparity between the actual number of ballots contained in a batch and the total denoted on the pink report slip accompanying the batch.In most of these instances, the total on the pink report slip is greater than the number of ballots in the batch, although there are a few instances in which the total is lower.What are the reasons for these discrepancies?For your reference, please see several illustrative (i.e., not comprehensive) examples in the table below:
For your convenience, images of the corresponding pink report slips are attached in Exhibit A.
III. Deleted Databases
We have recently discovered that the entire “Database” directory from the D drive of the machine “EMSPrimary” has been deleted. This removes election related details that appear to have been covered by the subpoena. In addition, the main database for the Election Management System (EMS) Software, “Results Tally and Reporting,” is not located anywhere on the EMSPrimary machine, even though all of the EMS Clients reference that machine as the location of the database. This suggests that the main database for all election-related data for the November 2020 General Election has been removed. Can you please advise as to why these folders were deleted, and whether there are any backups that may contain the deleted folders?
The image below shows the location of the files known to be deleted. In addition, the main database for “Results Tally and Reporting” is not present.
I am hopeful that we can constructively resolve these issues and questions without recourse to additional subpoenas or other compulsory processes.To that end, I invite you and any other officers or employees of Maricopa County (to include officials in the Elections Department) who possess knowledge or information concerning the matters set forth above to a meeting at the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 109. Chairman Petersen, former Secretary Bennett, and I will attend the meeting, which will be live-streamed to the public.
Please let me know at your earliest convenience whether you accept my invitation and, if so, which Maricopa County personnel will attend.
Thank you for your cooperation on these important issues of public concern.
When inspectors received the boxes of ballots where the audit was being performed, the tamper-proof tape was cut on the boxes and the number of ballots inside the boxes was not the same as what was reported by the County reporter, and what was turned over to the Senate don’t line up.
A week before the machines were turned over, records were deleted by an administrator—this has to be treated as an act of intentional cover-up!
The Maricopa Arizona Audit team has also tweeted about the breaking bombshell:
Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence!
Jeg har ikke set TV, men gætter på at det her er HELT censureret væk fra DK og TV2
For hvordan vil CNN-papegøjerne Kretz og Steinmetz bortforklare de slettede servere ?
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Det bliver interessant at se om andre staters dominion valgmaskiner OGSÅ har fået slettet alt og om de lokale heller ikke har haft det administrative password der …
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The most remembered incident during William Henry Wilky's term in office, from 1917 to 1918, was the last recorded lynching in Arizona. (Photo: Arizona Fraternal Order of Police)
The most remembered incident during William Henry Wilky's term in office, from 1917 to 1918, was the last recorded lynching in Arizona. Starr Daley was hanged at the scene of the crimes he was accused of: murdering a man and kidnapping and raping the man's wife. When word spread about the crimes, hundreds showed up at the jail where Daley was in custody. Wilky then drove Daley to the scene of the crimes, where he was hanged. This started the reinstatement of the death penalty in Arizona, according to Arizona Fraternal Order of Police.
Joe Biden Becomes First Democrat to Win Arizona's Maricopa County Since Truman
President-elect Joe Biden has won Arizona according to news outlets, marking a historic shift in a state long considered a Republican stronghold.
On election night, Biden was projected as winner by The Associated Press and Fox News. However, this was followed by pushback from the campaign of President Donald Trump saying that those calls were premature.
However, on Thursday, the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, Reuters and NBC News followed suit, calling the race for the president-elect, who holds a lead in the state of 49.4 percent compared with President Donald Trump's 49.1 percent.
It makes Biden the first Democrat to win the Grand Canyon State since Bill Clinton in 1996 and only the second from his party to win since World War Two.
Fast-growing Maricopa County was key to Biden's victory, which is home to Phoenix and around 60 percent of the state's population. His appeal was boosted in part by a shifting demographic that has seen an increase in Latino voters.
Phoenix-based journalist Brahm Resnik, who covers local news for 12 News and KPNX TV, noted the historical significance of Biden's victory, tweeting to his 28,000 followers: "Joe Biden is the first Democrat to win Maricopa County in 72 years, since Harry Truman in 1948. And Donald Trump is the first Republican to lose it in 72 years."
The ticket of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took 49.81 percent of the vote, compared with the 47.65 percent who backed President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to the county's election summary.
"Maricopa County won the state of Arizona for Mark Kelly and Joe Biden," Steven Slugocki, chair of Maricopa County's Democrats, told CNN, also referring to the former astronaut who is projected to win the Senate seat for the Democrats.
HISTORY Joe Biden is the first Democrat to win Maricopa County in 72 years, since Harry Truman in 1948. And Donald Trump is the first Republican to lose it in 72 years. #12News pic.twitter.com/gIHtODXbIg&mdash Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) November 13, 2020
"Here in Maricopa, we committed our resources to contact voters of color, women and traditionally underrepresented groups throughout the state. Our strategy proved to be effective," Slugocki added.
Since Clinton's victory 24 years ago, Arizona had moved further right but the shift towards blue was helped in part by the legacy of the late Sen. John McCain, who had clashed with Trump. McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, backed Biden in a move that made a splash in the state's media.
Biden's victory secures him an additional 11 Electoral College votes, bringing his total to 290, well over the 270 he needs to take the White House, although Trump is yet to concede.
It makes the challenge for Trump even tougher as he continues to claim without evidence that the election was undermined by widespread fraud and has filed lawsuits in several states, although a number have been thrown out by judges.
The graphic below provided by Statista shows some of history's tightest presidential elections.